Aigar Vals – End Game (2018)

  • Shoegazetronica 
  • Synthwave 
  • Post-punk 
  • Alternative rock 
  • Ethereal wave 
  • Epic 
  • Dream pop 
  • Indie 
  • DIY 
  • Art pop/rock
  • Crossover

Comment: Aigar Vals is known as the drummer from such Estonian dance-appealed indie groups as Badass Yuki, and Junk Riot. End Game is his debut album some weeks before his band mate from Badass Yuki Mart Avi would release his fourth solo outing OtherWorld. 8-notch outing is an intriguing drift between cinematic synthesised developments and epic panoramas – oh yeah, it is so beautiful! - and on the other side, it is more about undulating yet warped electronic shoegaze. Let's say – it is an example of unconventional shoegaze. Indeed, I would like to avoid the term nugaze because nugaze used to relate to something superficial and volatile and secondary in my mind. Most of those bands are produced and channelized into a very similar product. All those guitars, drums, and synths are packaged tightly into a sparkling yet empty box. One can feel lo-fi and DIY-tinged (at times elegantly awkward) attitude within the whole by adding an extra charge to it. Additionally there are up bold bass lines, stomping piano chords and heavy drum fringes here and there thereby drawing parallels upon the electronic post-punk/synthwave scene. Thirdly, those decelerated a bit murky soundscapes remind a bit of such ethereal wave juggernauts as Lycia, Autumn's Grey Solace, and Love Spirals Downwards. All those unforgettable halcyon hours spent behind heavy curtains sometime in the past. However, in the context of Estonian music it is absolutely singular, absolutely extraordinary. I like it very very very much. The issue is a part of the discography of Estonian underground (mostly) tape imprint Trash Can Dance (best regards to Trash as well!).