Started in 2016 with mainly Rock leanings and a full album under its belt, Darkways, the Barcelona-based solo artist project of Marc Perez, has evolved, through several years of hiatus, into an 80’s-influenced Dark Wave/Synth Wave sound, to finally enter 2023 with the EP “Neon Lights”, alongside a solid string of singles, all via Italian independent label RetroReverbRecords, latest of which is the retro-tinged thought-provoking video/single “Inexistence”, a noteworthy audiovisual impression giving a voice to children who were never born.
Steady pounding drum beats and fast chugging bass lines propel urgent, gloomy vibrant moods, imbued by obsessive, glistening wistful guitar melodies, punctuated by sullen icy twinkly keys, and dramatic synth drifts, to meander and somberly resonate atop compelling, un-loved vocal suffering, drawing deep melancholic breathes of pain and alienation, from a dire aura of unreachable dreams.
Soul-stirring visuals depict a future timeline after a life-changing decision through a lens of sadness and regret to sync seamlessly with the metaphysical nuance of the soundtrack. Transformative lights and shadows, evocative acting, and blurry trace overlays illuminate a hidden insight into a ghostly existence, where a person’s lack of faith causes a tragic soul to be forgotten in a liminal realm of eternal abandon.
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