Mystery-shrouded goth synthscapes
Darkest is a one-man synth act who takes his cues from 80s and 90s horror and fantasy film, creating epic synth soundscapes that some may like to describe as “dungeon synth”. Biog-wise? He’s rather shady. What we do know is that he’s UK-based if that’s any help.
The two singles released so far, ‘Ave Generosa’ and ‘Oceans’, are dripping with dark gothic ambience, the former including the haunting vocals of synthwave artist Nina. Darkest clearly takes his inspiration from the likes of John Carpenter, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Goblin, while other cultural reference touchstones include the likes of Alex Proyas’ ‘The Crow’, Ron Howard’s ‘Willow’ and the ‘Castlevania’ video game series.
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Darkest says that his signature sound took a while to conceive, as he he wanted to avoid falling into one particular genre. “I didn’t just want to sound like dark synth, epic trailer music or orchestral film scores,” he explains. “The idea was to mix all the ingredients and let all these influences inspire me subconsciously.” This unique blend of influences is hitting all the right notes for us and, with a full-length on the way, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what musical epics Darkest conjures from his, ahem, dark depths.
‘Ave Generosa’ and ‘Oceans’ are both out via Bandcamp