Gunship
Dark All Day


4.0
excellent

Review

by SitarHero USER (46 Reviews)
October 9th, 2018 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nostalgia is dead. Long live nostalgia.

Over the past few years I've had several conversations with other 30-something friends about whether the internet, in general, and YouTube, in particular, have killed nostalgia. Back before the internet you couldn't access your childhood memories at a moment's notice from wherever you were. Once upon a time, movies like American Graffitti, Dazed and Confused and Almost Famous, and TV shows like Happy Days, The Wonder Years, and That '70s Show, were guaranteed to become hits by mining the rose-tinted childhoods of 30 and 40-somethings for material.

However, nostalgia seems to have stalled in the '80s and maybe the early '90s. It appears that Generation-X-ers and Millenials are not nearly as nostalgic for their adolescence in the late-'90s and early '00s as Baby Boomers were for theirs. Apparently, we all agreed to be nostalgic for the '80s and left it at that. Perhaps this is the reason why Synthwave/Retrowave appears to have a such a surprisingly long shelf-life for a microgenre.

Gunship manages to keep the nostalgia fresh. Despite Alex Westaway, Dan Haigh and Alex Gingell knowing exactly how to pull on those nostalgic heartstrings just so, they aren't one-trick ponies—which should have been obvious from their other project(s). Dark All Day sounds and feels like evolution from Gunship's self-titled debut album. The haunting John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream-influenced synthpop now contains slight elements of industrial music and a more overtly dark and aggressive tone.

The change isn’t drastic; most of the songs here like “When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies”, “Rise the Midnight Girl”, and the Ready Player One-themed “Art3mis & Parzival”, still occupy that cult-80s-soundtrack meets midnight-drive-through-Neo-Tokyo sweet spot that is Gunship’s, and I guess all good Synthwave’s, stock-in-trade. However, songs like the title-track, “The Drone Racing League”, and “Cyber City”, have beats and basslines that are a bit more aggressive and hard-hitting, and are punctuated by slabs of distorted synth-guitars that have a distinctly more ‘90s feel to them and feel like they’re meant more for a goth club than a midnight drive.

This stylistic diversity is mainly what sets Dark All Day apart from its predecessor. Gunship’s debut album wasn’t a sonically diverse album by any stretch of the imagination, with the only real change in pace and instrumentation being provided by Carpenter Brut’s superb remix of “Tech Noir”. That album, however, was supported by the strength of its songwriting and the sheer appeal of the sound the band had created. On Dark All Day, Westaway and co. provide the changeups in pace and tone on their own, with saxophone and synth-guitar solos and more uptempo danceable beats than there were on Gunship. Some of this experimentation may not quite hit the mark. The warmth and immediacy of the sax solo on “Dark All Day”, for instance, seems slightly at odds with the somewhat cold and haunting vibe of the rest of the song. While this album is, for better or worse, less consistent than its predecessor, Gunship’s strength in writing gorgeous melodies and complementing them with shimmering synths still manages to shine through, making Dark All Day every bit as captivating as its predecessor and proving that nostalgia isn't dead just yet.



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SitarHero
October 9th 2018


7006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How had no one reviewed this yet?!

MrSirLordGentleman
October 9th 2018


11873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MUST CHEEEEEEEEEEEECK

SitarHero
October 9th 2018


7006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should! It's good!

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2018


48859 Comments


Any female Vox in this?

SitarHero
October 9th 2018


7006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quite a bit. Title track, Black Blood Red Kiss and Art3mis an Parzival.

NorwichScene
October 9th 2018


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Been listening to this almost constantly since release. Brilliant

Digging: Gunship - Dark All Day

pxl
October 9th 2018


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes!

Ebola
October 9th 2018


3298 Comments


y the fuck is this album so long

Digging: Horrendous - Idol

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2018


48859 Comments


Good, the female cox and the synths were my favorite part of the lastvrecord.

Voltimand
October 9th 2018


886 Comments


Gotta get on this album, love me some synth wave.

I would even argue that it's not necessarily nostalgia anymore, but a great form of music that's been elevated - or even perfected - in modern times.

Ever listen to TONICBOX on Youtube? Newer pop songs given the 80s treatment, made all the better:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uDQ0P9AWc8

Digging: TesseracT - Errai

TheOrgazoid
October 9th 2018


44 Comments


holy shit finally

Digging: Cardiacs - Heaven Born and Ever Bright

neekafat
October 9th 2018


12481 Comments


We don't care about the early 00s because they sucked

dmp3131
October 9th 2018


1304 Comments


This is pretty solid. Think its a bit too long though, over an hour doesn't do an album like this any good I don't think. That said, it has been enjoyable for the most part.

SitarHero
October 9th 2018


7006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We don't care about the early 00s because they sucked [2]



Man, it sucks knowing that we grew up in probably the worse era of pop culture in history. At least we have The Matrix and pop punk... :/

SitarHero
October 9th 2018


7006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I would even argue that it's not necessarily nostalgia anymore, but a great form of music that's been elevated - or even perfected - in modern times."

I think it might have something to do with how disillusioned we've become about the present. No hoverboards and flying cars AND no apocalypse? What a boring time to be alive.

Kazooicide
October 10th 2018


5 Comments


Might check out just cuz of the Berserk cover


MrSirLordGentleman
October 10th 2018


11873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This eclipse is happier tho

Flugmorph
October 10th 2018


19110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

There are a bunch of absolute synchwave bangers on here, like the opener "Woken Furies". Sadly a lot of the guest vocal tracks miss the mark entirely, which is why a considerable part of this album is almost worthless to me.

Pajolero
October 10th 2018


1017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album all in all, but way too long thanks to a few subpar filler tracks. Cut it down to 9-10 tracks and you've got a fantastic record. And yeah, the guest vocals don't really add much at all.

Digging: Candy (VA) - Good To Feel

LightAndGlass
October 10th 2018


54 Comments


Dark All Day is such a kick-ass song.



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