A Synthwave Masterpiece: “Saturday Night Motel Music” by The Motion Epic
Album Review: A Synthwave Masterpiece: “Saturday Night Motel Music” by The Motion Epic
Written By: Dan Eachus
In the ever-evolving landscape of music, where trends come and go like fleeting memories, there emerges a rare gem that manages to capture the essence of a bygone era while infusing it with a contemporary twist. “Saturday Night Motel Music” by The Motion Epic is one such treasure that not only pays homage to the golden days of the mid-80s and early 90s but also crafts an entirely new sonic experience that is bound to leave a lasting mark on your musical soul.
The Motion Epic, comprising the exceptional talents of Nick on keys, Aaron on guitars, and Pat on vocals, has conjured an album that is nothing short of a modern-day synthwave masterpiece. This is their fifth release, and they’ve managed to outdo themselves once again. Crafted in just one week during mid-January 2023, this album is a testament to their incredible chemistry and musical prowess.
From the very moment you press play, “Saturday Night Motel Music” sweeps you away on a nostalgic journey through time. The album kicks off with “Room 108,” a short, 25-second intro that serves as the perfect appetizer, setting the mood and transporting you to a dimly lit, neon-soaked world of retro allure. It’s a tantalizing tease of what’s to come.
The journey truly begins with “Come on Over,” a track that encapsulates the essence of the entire album. Pat’s vocals, smooth and full of soul, are a magnetic force that draws you in. They convey the themes of loneliness, contemplation, and the yearning for deeper connections with such genuine emotion that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the narrative.
“The Lost Boys of NY” is a standout track that showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly blend elements of the 80s and 90s into their music. The synthesizers, saxophone, and electric guitars dance together in a harmonious choreography that transports you to a smoky, neon-lit nightclub from the past. It’s a sonic experience that is both nostalgic and refreshingly contemporary.
“Back in Time” is an enchanting voyage through a world of reverberating synthesizers and dreamy guitar riffs. Pat’s vocals take center stage yet again, painting a vivid picture of longing and nostalgia. It’s a testament to The Motion Epic’s ability to craft songs that not only sound authentic to the era but also resonate with timeless emotions.
“Let It Die” takes a darker turn, delving into the complexities of love and loss. The haunting melodies and poignant lyrics create a haunting atmosphere that is impossible to ignore. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to evoke deep emotions through their music.
“Lonely Nights” is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt the weight of solitude. The combination of 80’s synthesizers and Pat’s evocative vocals creates a melancholic yet strangely comforting soundscape. It’s a song that lingers in your mind long after the last note fades away.
“Only Have Eyes 4 U” is a shimmering ballad that oozes sensuality and romance. The sultry saxophone and Nick’s skillful keyboard work add layers of sophistication to the track. Pat’s vocals soar to new heights, making this a standout moment on the album.
“I’ll Be There” is an uplifting track that carries a message of hope and resilience. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to balance the darker, introspective moments with moments of light and optimism. The infectious chorus is bound to have you singing along.
“Picking Up the Pieces” and “Carry On” close out the album on a high note, leaving you with a sense of resolution and closure. The Motion Epic masterfully ties up the loose ends of the narrative, leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction and a desire to hit the replay button and experience the journey all over again.
In terms of production, “Saturday Night Motel Music” is a shining example of perfection. The vocal production is clear and top-notch, allowing Pat’s emotive voice to shine through with crystal clarity. The instruments, from the vintage synthesizers to the electric guitars, are meticulously crafted and perfectly convey the emotions and stories Pat is singing about.
In conclusion, “Saturday Night Motel Music” by The Motion Epic is, without a doubt, one of the best synthwave albums out there. It not only captures the vibe, mood, sound, and aesthetic of the 80s and 90s but elevates them to a whole new level of artistry. This album is an absolute earworm that will have you coming back again and again, each time discovering new layers of depth and emotion within its sonic tapestry. The Motion Epic has created a modern masterpiece that pays homage to the past while carving out its own unique place in the world of music. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of “Saturday Night Motel Music” – you won’t regret it.
Dan Eachus is the President and co-owner of RetroSynth Lazersteel Records, with his own musical projects in the band Neutron Dreams and his solo project DMME.