Terrordyne – High Tech Low Living (Deluxe Edition) (2020)

Terrordyne is a cinematic darksynth project a producer from California. Terrordyne has been releasing music since early 2019 starting with their debut album entitled “Wasteland.” “High Tech Low Living” is their latest album and it was released May 13th, 2020.

The cover artwork for “High Tech Low Living” is by Nigel Silva from NGHT Studios. It features a large high tech looking pyramid structure situated in some kind of dark canyon. There appears to be a lone woman walking on light towards the structure.

“High Tech Low Living” is a futuristic concept album that centers around the year 2084. During this time, the “World Law Act” was passed as a method to further the globalist agenda of those in power. The law apparently makes it mandatory for all humans to be implanted with something called a “neurolink” at birth. Based on what I can tell, people who refuse to follow this new law are ousted from the niceties of society and forced to live a life without in a dystopian world that demands social compliance. What’s kind of interesting about the title of the album is it sort of pokes fun at those people who elect to comply with social tyranny in exchange for “the good life.” Those types of people may be living a nice high tech life, but it’s a low level existence because they had to forsake their morals and personal autonomy in exchange for it.

Sound wise, “High Tech Low Living” is wholly instrumental, though it often features long cinematic voice samples to help flesh out the ideas presented. The album is extremely slow-paced (110 BPM or less, with the exception of Wraithwalker’s “Protectorant Remix”) in an ambient Interstellar meets Mass Effect sort of way. That said, there are definitely some bangers on this album, “Brain Dance” and the title track especially come to mind as the type of songs I enjoy dancing to. What Terrordyne really excels at is presenting his ideas in a way that lends itself more to music fit for a film or video game soundtrack rather than something you might hear on Miami Vice. “High Tech Low Living” feels like it’s more influenced by early 2000s aggrotech rather than 1980s inspired synthwave, however, I think that it also retains qualities from both genres that help it to do something new.

I have to note that this album is best experienced in headphones. I made the mistake of listening to it while doing dishes without headphones and I missed a lot of the atmospheric nuance to this album that make it really fucking good. The low end on this album is especially dark, which isn’t easily heard if you’re listening to it from crappy phone speakers. So do yourself a solid and listen to this on a proper stereo or with headphones.

I think that the deluxe edition of “High Tech Low Living” runs a tad long for an instrumental album. As a matter of preference I would’ve released “Mass Hysteria,” and all of the remixes on a separate EP release. That said, the deluxe edition of “High Tech Low Living” is a great value for what you get. There’s a lot of kicking tunes here.

Generally, this is the type of music I really get into when I’m relaxing—like drawing or playing EVE Online. It’s not the type of music that you’re going to get distracted by. It doesn’t scream “HEY PAY ATTENTION TO ME.” Instead, “High Tech Low Living” wants to sweep you up into it’s dark and calm vibe. I think that it’s definitely worth checking out.

RECOMMENDED FOR: People who like their darksynth slow and dank. This is soundtrack worthy music.

Stand-Out Tracks: “High Tech Low Living,” (I fucking love this track), “Titan (Interlude), “Brain Dance,” (dance to this song) “Back Alley Chop Shop” (for Command and Conquer vibes).

Album Color Profile: #FAFAFA

You can find all things Terrordyne at https://terrordyne.bandcamp.com

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