Synthwaves pays homage to the masters of the past, yet it feels fresh and enchanting. Crisp, interlocking patterns are modulated and mutated with mathematical precision into eight pieces of pristine, post- kosmische sounds to float away to. During two intense weeks in Berlin, Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss locked themselves in a studio full of vintage synthesizers, analog sequencers, and drum machines, and the result is a gorgeous set of purely electronic music. As with the finest Tangerine Dream soundtracks, it’s the kind of music that paints vivid pictures on the canvas of the listeners mind: synth plucks hang in the air like glaring neon in metropolitan dusk and zero-gravity pads hover like ghostly morning mist traveling over empty coastlines. Poly-rhythmic patterns are allowed to build — slowly but steadily — bar after bar, until synth-Satori is reached.