Spectres finds Brooks no less fascinated with his own death drive, this time letting the songs fall into the familiar shapes of ghost stories. Brooks continues to pay homage to his darkwave heroes, but allows his synths to stretch their legs with intricate programming, employing denser shimmering textures and letting small patches of light slip through. Vocal lines are woven through the mix, stretchy layers draped across steely percussion. The sounds are very much alive, pulsing choirs of synth tones in vivid spectrums of dark blue. Spectres is a sensitively woven sonic space that deals primarily in darkness, but glows with a slight warmth around the edges.
-Jen Monroe (LISTEN TO THIS)