Top Gear

by Stef Animal

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christholmz Evocative Instrumentals made with an eclectic collection of classic synths and home computers, with each short track billed as showcasing one particular piece of kit.

Which could either be quite cerebral -- a geek-purist's take on synth sounds, or it could be off-beat and tongue-in-cheek like the car program it references -- Top Gear.

Except it's neither. What it is, is music that's emotionally affecting and sometimes achingly pretty.

Favorite track: Adventure (Yamaha VSS-200).
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Tulekahju the Blacksmith A masterpiece of nostalgia. Our Spanish Dream literally made me cry, no joke Favorite track: Ducks (Cass Creek Electronic NZ Waterfowl Call).
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The only way to present an album celebrating the obsolete computer technology of the 80s is the futuristic digital time capsule of the Compact Disc. Stef Animal’ s “Top Gear” reclaims the future as imagined 30 years ago. The CD is in a heavy card gatefold sleeve with inner sleeve.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Top Gear via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome) presents her debut solo release “Top Gear” - a concept album of fifteen writing exercises, each conceived and recorded in one session.

Each track was made using a different piece of obsolete or unfashionable music equipment, and the result is a collection of lo-fi epic miniatures.

Even if you didn’t grow up with Atari video games, have no idea what Acorn and Commodore computers are or what acronyms like PCM and MIDI mean, you’ll still find the intricate universe of sound represented on “Top Gear” to be full of adventure, wonder, human emotion and melancholic weight.

But there’s a playfulness here too. Not only in the “Top Gear” title, but also in the way an electronic duck caller is hacked to produce a track, and childrens’ Casio keyboards and entry-level MIDI synth modules are used to deliver op-shop mysticism via dark, sophisticated progressive experimental dream-pop mini-symphonies.


released February 7, 2018

Written & recorded by Stef Animal in Wellington and Dunedin
(c) & (p) 2017 & 2018 Stef Animal


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