Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 00:03
Kavinsky’s latest album, Outrun, is straight out of the Back To The Future movie.
Kavinsky borrowed Dr. Emmitt Brown’s DeLorean, went back to 1985, and returned with a retro sound and concept that has the listener aching for more. Dig out the parachute pants or tight rolled jeans and head out to the local B-boy spot, because 80s electronica is back.
Outrun is a reference to Sega’s 1986 arcade game of the same name. Throughout the album Kavinsky pulls various electronic influences from the 80s. The music is from videogames and TV cop shows such as Miami Vice.
The first track, “Prelude,” sets the mood for Outrun by throwing the keys to the Ferrari at the listener. It tells a narrative about a teenager who gets into an auto accident and becomes a zombie-car hybrid who roams the earth.
The tracks “Testarossa Autodrive” and “Deadcruiser” are very reminiscent of the arcade games. They bring back the sensation of popping a quarter in the arcade machine and racing that little red, eight-bit car down the sunny highway of the California coast. All the while, the synthesized pitched notes coming from analog speakers chime in ones ear.
Kavinsky creates a world where one can escape. Giving listeners a certain bit of nostalgia that brings them back to a time when it was all about fast cars, crazy styles, video games, movies, and wild parties. For just over forty minutes listeners can lose themselves in the music and reminisce about the younger years.