Radio Transmission Failure
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Recently I’ve been on a bit of a Beach Boys kick. As someone who has always enjoyed classic covers I searched a bit and discovered Anakin’s amazing dreampop cover of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”. The day prior, Mark 1340 had asked me if I’d heard of Anakin because he figured I would like them. Upon searching for Anakin’s bandcamp I discovered that the cover of Radio Transmission Failure looked like it was lifted straight from the most recent The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy movie. These three events conspired to bring me to a band that I’ve dug into and come to love. We haven’t even touched the band's name yet...
So what is Anakin? They are a perfect meld of the emo tinged synth-punk of Reggie & the Full Effect paired with the walls of guitars from a Balance & Composure tied with vocals akin to Dave from Mae. Loud yet passive. It’s futuristic and retro. Yes, Anakin is a study in contrast and it’s an excellent meld.
“Overdue” has to be the standout track on this album. It’s all of the pieces outlined above in a candy striped three and a half minute pop package. Give it a listen or two and it will be stuck in your head for days. An example of Anakin getting heavier is “Motionless” with an absolute barrage of dreamy crunchy guitars overlaid with synth lines galore. “Transmitter” is another favorite of mine due to the excellent synth lines the sprinkle through the chorus. If there is one complaint I have with Radio Transmission Failure (and all of Anakin’s catalogue for that matter) it’s that there is extremely limited variety from track 1-10. A big part of this is due to their singers absolute lack of vocal variety.
This might be the best record to fall asleep to I’ve heard in years. Radio Transmission Failure is an excellent melding of loud and soft. Anakin is no longer just Darth Vader’s former name, it’s now an excellent dreampop band as well.
Reviewed by: Rob 1340