NewRetroWave star Michael Oakley releases his new album “Introspect”.
Scottish singer and producer Michael Oakley today releases the follow up to his 2017 debut “California”, the sensational 80’s electro odyssey “Introspect”, on NewRetroWave Records.
While at high school in the 1990’s, Michael discovered his sister’s 1980’s synth-pop record collection and fell in love with artists such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears. This inspired him to buy a synthesizer and start making electronic music of his own, however it wasn’t until the release of his 2016 debut single’s “Rabbit In The Headlights” and “Turn Back Time” that he found his sound.
“California” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and was featured on NewRetroWave’s top 10 albums of 2017 list and The Huffington Post. From it came the previously mentioned singles, “Afterglow” and the title track. Last year Michael released “California (The Remixes)” featuring remixes from other NewRetroWave artists such as Michael Cassette, Kalax, The New Division, Brothertiger and Betamaxx.
2018 turned out to be a busy year for Michael, with “The Remixes” project and producing Ollie (FM-84) Wride’s debut single “Overcome” as well as the follow up single “Never Live Without You”. And if that wasn’t enough, he himself revealed the first track from “Introspect”, “Control” to mass acclaim from across the board.
“Introspect” opens with the title track, a glorious instrumental piece and continues apace with seven full, high octane 80’s action numbers with the exception of the one ballad “Now I’m Alive”, a duet with another NRW star Dana Jean Phoenix. Highlights of the album include the aforementioned “Control” and the Erasure/Depeche Mode-esque “Left Behind”.
Update 01/04: Michael talks about “Introspect” and performs tracks as well as discussing his influences. Enjoy!
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