MikeGyver feat. Nusja - You
Synthpop, Electronics If there would be any one era I would love to live in based purely on musical grandeur, I think it would have to be the eighties. The robust and colorful pallets of bouncy synthpop and widespread electronic-pop that emerged during the neon soaked time frame was absolutely splendid. Full on influence is still very well heard in many bands today, whether they are mainstream or even less known. Genres from pop to industrial to rap all incorporate the heavily synthesized masters that once dominated nightclubs. 

While an era has passed, many individual artists strive to succeed where their heroes and mentors have left off. Husband-wife duo Mike Gyver and Nusja are two dedicated individuals who shall not see the end of their favorite time. Keeping the flavor of the 80s going, the married couple has written, produced, and mixed an album that you would swear was written in a time before now. 

Executing a shining and vivid music style reminiscent of lavish buildings luminous with bright signs, 'Forever' starts off the album. While during the beginning notes I was a fair bit skeptical as to both Nusja's vocals and her and Mike Gyver's songwriting abilities, the song easily sunk into me as the main body slowly pleased my ears beat after beat. Nusja's chords were both sexy and passionate, allocating her voice (once more) perfectly into an 80s reflection. 

'The One' turned out to be a romantic love song, and the slow moving rhythm rocked my world. Nusja excellently executed her voice in line with the music. There was not a moment in time when I thought my precious seconds or minutes were wasted indulging this track. 

'Turqoise' further insured me that Mike Gyver and Nusja were purely bred to make 80s based music. I simply closed my eyes and imagined a wave of turquoise flavored abstract objects and waves flourish in my mind. The results were as beautiful as the song was. Lastly, a bit of a piano piece was written with the electronics taking backstage. Nusja's voice was brought to the forefront, but the music itself was a blessing in disguise. Neither one could have paid off so well if it weren't for the other. 

Added onto the end of "You" are three more tracks, which are instrumentals of 'Forever', 'The One', and 'Turquiose'. They are lovely additions, but I do think that without Nusja's voice over the tracks, they lose some charm. 

HOWEVER, stating that, I will only come back to every single positive aspect about this album. There are no problems with it anywhere, other than maybe a short runtime of fourteen minutes and fifty seconds (instrumentals excluded). But, hopefully, this is merely a starter EP that will soon enough allow the two to emerge out with a full length album somewhere later down the line. 

As far as I can see, Mike Gyver and Nusja don't have that much publicity going on right now, but I really do hope that they will catch on with their own niche genre. They are better at the eighties than even some eighties bands ever were and still try to be. So, to this German based husband and wife, I give them a wonderful eight out of ten, and cannot wait for their next release. 
4
Brutal Resonance

MikeGyver feat. Nusja - You

8.0
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Released off label 2015
If there would be any one era I would love to live in based purely on musical grandeur, I think it would have to be the eighties. The robust and colorful pallets of bouncy synthpop and widespread electronic-pop that emerged during the neon soaked time frame was absolutely splendid. Full on influence is still very well heard in many bands today, whether they are mainstream or even less known. Genres from pop to industrial to rap all incorporate the heavily synthesized masters that once dominated nightclubs. 

While an era has passed, many individual artists strive to succeed where their heroes and mentors have left off. Husband-wife duo Mike Gyver and Nusja are two dedicated individuals who shall not see the end of their favorite time. Keeping the flavor of the 80s going, the married couple has written, produced, and mixed an album that you would swear was written in a time before now. 

Executing a shining and vivid music style reminiscent of lavish buildings luminous with bright signs, 'Forever' starts off the album. While during the beginning notes I was a fair bit skeptical as to both Nusja's vocals and her and Mike Gyver's songwriting abilities, the song easily sunk into me as the main body slowly pleased my ears beat after beat. Nusja's chords were both sexy and passionate, allocating her voice (once more) perfectly into an 80s reflection. 

'The One' turned out to be a romantic love song, and the slow moving rhythm rocked my world. Nusja excellently executed her voice in line with the music. There was not a moment in time when I thought my precious seconds or minutes were wasted indulging this track. 

'Turqoise' further insured me that Mike Gyver and Nusja were purely bred to make 80s based music. I simply closed my eyes and imagined a wave of turquoise flavored abstract objects and waves flourish in my mind. The results were as beautiful as the song was. Lastly, a bit of a piano piece was written with the electronics taking backstage. Nusja's voice was brought to the forefront, but the music itself was a blessing in disguise. Neither one could have paid off so well if it weren't for the other. 

Added onto the end of "You" are three more tracks, which are instrumentals of 'Forever', 'The One', and 'Turquiose'. They are lovely additions, but I do think that without Nusja's voice over the tracks, they lose some charm. 

HOWEVER, stating that, I will only come back to every single positive aspect about this album. There are no problems with it anywhere, other than maybe a short runtime of fourteen minutes and fifty seconds (instrumentals excluded). But, hopefully, this is merely a starter EP that will soon enough allow the two to emerge out with a full length album somewhere later down the line. 

As far as I can see, Mike Gyver and Nusja don't have that much publicity going on right now, but I really do hope that they will catch on with their own niche genre. They are better at the eighties than even some eighties bands ever were and still try to be. So, to this German based husband and wife, I give them a wonderful eight out of ten, and cannot wait for their next release. 
Aug 04 2015

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Steven Gullotta

info@brutalresonance.com
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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