Synthlight: Scammers – Conventions

Scammers J-card

Wonderful, is what the wonderfully eccentric is. Sometimes, but not always. This is, however, true for the main subject in this matter, whom is called Scammers. He’s a single entity – and his real name is Phil Diamond, whom is currently residing in Kansas City, in the United States of Americana. He’s releasing a new album titled “Conventions“, pretty soon. Quickly, he might actually be sorted under the label of eccentric! Which is where the home of his heart is, if you wouldn’t want to call his endeavor a little bit experimentalistic, too. This is synth-pop with roots in nostalgia, featuring a conveyor-belt of solemnly irritating, but appreciative retro approach. Some of the subjects in the lyrical content of his music are degenerate, some aren’t. This isn’t something that hasn’t already been wildly practiced by the most decadent, but it has a certain vibe with his monotonic voice in the nonmonotonic landscape of sound. Don’t get me wrong, he can contain all the melody in the world within the grasp of his voice – but there’s a stalemate between the two, a paradox if you will. It becomes a convention in itself, while trying to stray away from the current “norm” or conventional paradigm. Oddly enough, it also challenges my perception of synth-pop and how it should be, or what it shouldn’t be. Some of the songs might be lurid and virtually deceptive, but some are the purest form of an unsettling mood in the concrete jungle we’re currently abiding to. There’s a lot of things going around, presumably if he continues to stray into the experimental vein – we’ll loose him, or he’ll loose himself in a couple of dog-days. But the strong, and conveyed influence of experimentalism is what makes it greater than it would’ve been. Otherwise, we could’ve thrown generic sounds at our ears for days on end. So, in a sense, it’s an appreciated moment with a total of nine tracks. It’s going to be released by the Danish label Skrot Up on the 1st of May.

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