Album Review: This Week In The Universe – Tellurian

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This Week in the Universe is a musical project by two brothers, Beau and Casey Golden, who are both working as musicians and producers in Sydney. Inspired by 80s film music & synthwave, as well as their personal experiences in the Australian electronic music scene, This Week in the Universe is the result of a creative processing of these elements.

Tellurian is the duo’s second full length record and a a follow-up to their self-titled debut album. Utilising an expansive array of synthesizers, drum machines and samples, the brothers worked on this album for almost a year – a working process that resulted in an interesting, versatile and exciting album.

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Let’s be honest for a minute here: 80s inspired retro-synth has gotten pretty boring and repetitive by now. We’ve heard enough synthwave and vaporwave artists expressing their nostalgia or pseudo-nostalgia for the neon age. Or have we?

Personally, I am still open to this kind of stuff. Synthwave can be boring and uninspired, for sure. But there still are many artists in the genre who really try to take a personal approach to the synth sound, add exciting and often surprising musical elements to it, write interesting and unconventional compositions or simply manage to evoke a certain atmosphere with their music that goes beyond those same old “80s vibes”.

To my delight, This Week in the Universe is a duo of two such artists. Tellurian is a synthwave album – but it’s also more than that. The duo enhance the retro synth sound by adding jazz-hop grooves, in one instance even a guitar solo, cinematic samples, as well as airy and sometimes slightly creepy vaporwave sections to their compositions. Furthermore, the album is characterized by interesting rhythms, lush soundscapes and uplifting and beautiful melodies, alternating with atmospheric sections. The album repeatedly made me think of Dan Terminus – not because it sounds very similar to his music, but because the duo, like him, manages to actually write interesting, evolving, exciting compositions that are borderline-proggy at times, while never failing to evoke an immersive atmosphere with their music.


Tellurian is a well-written, coherent, yet surprising and engaging album that proves that synthwave and related musical genres are still alive and well. Sparkling with interesting and unconventional musical elements and rich in stimulating rhythmic grooves and beautiful melodies, the album is also atmospheric and shows that This Week in the Universe is an artistic duo that knows how to build immersive soundscapes. If you’re into electronic music of any kind, this album has something for you. Check it out!

Tellurian will be released February 22nd and is available for pre-order at Bandcamp.

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Album Review: JON – Psalms of Annihilation

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JON is the musical alter ego of Jonathan Hayes from Askim, Norway. He is a composer and musician who focuses on dark and romantic music that best fits into the dungeon synth genre, but also exceeds that category. Psalms of Annihilation is JON’s debut album.

Psalms of Annihilation is a dark and mysterious sounding album. The music is a mixture of dungeon synth, dark synth and a great amount of orchestral elements. Obviously inspired by horror film soundtracks, the compositions are streamlined and focused on creating an alluring, albeit spooky atmosphere that evokes images of abandoned castle ruins and dark occult rituals. While most of the songs are stylistically pretty typical dungeon synth tracks with orchestral elements, some of the songs, like “Zalanes – Trouble Bringer” are closer connected to the dark synthwave genre and have an overall heavier, more modern sound to them.

The album is well-rounded, catching the listeners attention from the get-go and keeping him engaged throught the whole playing time. To me, this album seems like the perfect background soundtrack for the reading of a gothic horror novel like Bram Stoker’s Dracula – spooky, romantic, dark and mysterious, otherworldly and all around fascinating.

If you are a fan of synth-driven music, horror films or anything dark and eerie, do yourself a favor and check this album out. Find a good horror novel, put your headphones on, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind spooky experience. Perfect for Halloween!

Psalms of Annihilation was released October 22nd and can be streamed and purchased digitally and in various limited physical editions at Bandcamp.