Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Embryonic is an Electronic Music producer from Quebec, Canada. A mysterious yet intriguing musician, Embryonic has delivered a strong batch of Vaporwave, Synthwave driven material on his debut release Terra Navigation Protocol.
Released on December 11, 2020, Terra Navigation Protocol has a very dense, rich, ambient production that gives the music a distinctively 80's atmosphere. Musically, I hear a very wide range of genres incorporated without appearing to be clustered, jumbled, or all over the place. Being a child of the 80's myself, I hear many influences from 80's film scores composed by artists such as Tangerine Dream and Brad Fiedel. I also hear elements from the darker, moodier end of the Depeche Mode spectrum along with hints of influences from groups such as Tears For Fears, Simple Minds and The Sisters of Mercy. That being said, the music is anything but "Pop". I highly enjoy these ethereal arrangements, textures, and layers brought upon by the diverse array of synths layered throughout; they build an enigmatic, epic atmosphere without allowing the music to end up coming across as hokey.
The album opens with "A Tale of Pilgrims and Exiled" - an Ambient, atmospheric track devoid of beats or rhythm. A few grainy, scratchy hisses are panned throughout over a bed of warm, soothing synths. Although it's a very nice track, don't let it fool you. The remainder of the album picks up more steam with tracks such as "Empty Chrysalis" and "Dead Form". Driven by some brilliantly composed synth passages, cleverly executed basslines, and percussive, rhythmic drum beats that are very subtly inspired by hints of Neo-Prog rock, these tracks showcase the versatility and musical diversity of Embryonic.
The guitar solo on the title track is awesome on many levels. It has an 80's epic Rock ballad sensibility, but is executed with a more Neo-Prog inspired chord progression while avoiding any pretentious noodling or pointless wandering. "Stranger" is by far the creepiest track on the album, bringing to mind Gothic inspired scores from movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Child's Play. "The Candor Rift" is another one of my favorite tracks. Cinematic, heavily suspenseful, and brooding, this anthemic work delivers a victorious, ending credits feel with its instrumentation. Stadium drums, heavily reverberated synths, and a series of keyboard and guitar leads that trade places in the spotlight deliver a bold, climactic musical statement. I recommend checking out Embryonic's release Terra Navigation Protocol. If you're a fan of 80's inspired New Wave, Synthwave, Ambient, and Atmospheric music with unpredictable structures and intriguing twists and turns, then this album may be perfect to add to your playlist. In my opinion, this is ideal to listen to at night, whether walking the streets, going for a late night spin, or taking a walk near the coast by sunset.