Album Review: “We’ve Already Happened” by Paultra Violet: A digital-age symphony that delves into the heart of contemporary human experience

Album Review: “We’ve Already Happened” by Paultra Violet: A digital-age symphony that delves into the heart of contemporary human experience
Written By: Dan Eachus

Paultra Violet’s debut album, “We’ve Already Happened,” emerges as an electrifying masterpiece in the realm of dark synthpop and synthwave. From the moment the ethereal soundscape envelops your senses, it becomes evident that this album is a meticulously crafted journey into the digital abyss of our modern existence. A musical trio consisting of Joey Palestina (known for HBO’s “We Own This City”), Spencer Miles (of Space Fight), and Joel Hunter Martin (from Y God Y), they have conjured an album that is both haunting and beautiful, much like the enigmatic vocals that flow through it, reminiscent of Trevor Something’s captivating style.

“We’ve Already Happened” is not merely a collection of songs; it’s a digital-age symphony that delves into the heart of contemporary human experience. The trio masterfully fuses various musical genres, including pop, tech-noir, coldwave, and post-punk, resulting in a sonic tapestry that mirrors the complexities of our era. In a world where choices seem endless, connections transient, and desires insatiable, this album serves as a cautionary tale, a mirror reflecting our collective yearning for meaningful connections in a world marked by disconnection.

At its core, the album is a statement, a warning to those lost in the relentless scroll of life’s endless possibilities. It’s a soundtrack to our daily lives, resonating with chilling relevance. Each track takes the listener on a voyage through the depths of digital existence, exploring themes of romance intertwined with emptiness, loneliness, and an overarching “who cares” attitude.

The titular track, “We’ve Already Happened,” encapsulates the essence of the album. With its fusion of 80s and 90s elements, it’s a testament to Paultra Violet’s mastery of their craft. The song’s foundation is built upon 80s drum machines, setting a rhythmic backdrop that carries the listener back to the neon-soaked streets of that era. However, it doesn’t stop there; the production techniques employed echo the sophistication of the 90s, creating a timeless quality that transcends decades.

Throughout the album, Paultra Violet tastefully incorporates elements from the dark wave gothic scene. These elements add depth and gravitas to the music, creating an atmosphere that is both immersive and emotionally resonant. The interplay of synths, guitar, and vocals is nothing short of brilliant, and it’s this perfect blend that makes “We’ve Already Happened” a standout in its genre.

The vocals on this album are nothing short of captivating. They possess a haunting quality that wraps around the listener, drawing them into the melancholic depths of each song. Much like Trevor Something, Paultra Violet’s vocals are an instrument in their own right, delivering the emotional core of the music with a mesmerizing intensity.

As the album unfolds, it becomes evident that each track is a carefully crafted piece of a larger puzzle. The moody, atmospheric soundscapes paint a vivid picture of a world marked by fleeting connections and a relentless pursuit of the next thrill. The lyrics, often tinged with a sense of resignation, reflect the modern ethos of indifference that pervades our digital age.

Paultra Violet has succeeded in creating an album that transcends mere entertainment; it’s a profound exploration of what it means to be human in a world increasingly defined by screens and virtual connections. “We’ve Already Happened” challenges us to confront the consequences of our digital obsessions and reminds us of the importance of real, meaningful connections.

In conclusion, Paultra Violet’s debut album, “We’ve Already Happened,” is a triumph of musical artistry and social commentary. It seamlessly blends the nostalgia of past decades with a stark reflection of our present reality. With its haunting vocals, intricate instrumentals, and thought-provoking themes, this album is a must-listen for anyone seeking music that not only resonates but also challenges the status quo. It serves as a stark reminder that in a world driven by technology, we must strive to remain truly connected, not just digitally, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Paultra Violet has crafted a masterpiece that will stand the test of time, inviting listeners to explore the profound depths of our shared human experience in the digital age.

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.

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