Album Review: "Back2basics" by Glenn Main

Glenn Main releases another strong album titled "Back2basics" that shows off his mastery of synth sounds from decades past....

June 21, 2019

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Glenn Main - "Back2basics" album art

A little about Glenn Main:

    Hailing from Vestfold, Norway, Glenn Main is an experienced, prolific, and award winning synthwave artist. As per his Facebook bio, he's influenced by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Kitaro. During the '90s, he started his own recording studio in Oslo and released his first solo album "Electronic Secret" in 2008. Since then, he's released multiple solo albums and his music has been featured almost everywhere, including in Beyond Synth intros.

The man himself, Glenn Main


    Glenn's latest album "Back2basics" was released on May 17th, 2019, and features 10 scrumptious synthwave tracks of pure delight. This release belongs in everyone's collection and playlist. If you are a true waver, and if you gravitate to the harmonies and sounds of Tangerine Dream or Jean-Michel Jarre, then Glenn has you covered. Whether he did on purpose or not, he pays great homage to these artists in this album.

Let's dive into the "Back2basics" album:  

"Miami Nightride" - You can hear the Tangerine Dream influences here in the melody, albeit layered with a stronger beat. The title and the sound makes me think of the 1986 movie "Black Moon Rising", perfect for the scene where Tommy Lee Jones is following the stolen car.

Glenn Main - Miami Nightride

Cosmic Raindrops” - This beautiful tune has wonderful echos and reverbs enhancing a dreamy yet driving trip through stellar clouds and nurseries.

Desert Outrun” - Take Vangelis and Tangerine Dream and mash them up, and you'll get a vibe like this. Glenn's signature bass line sounds enhance an operatic song evoking thoughts of Blade Runner.

Yellow Walkman - The ditty in this is so catchy, with plucking synths and a somewhat dance rhythm. Most definitely a favourite of mine from the album. While the title says "Yellow Walkman", I get Airwolf feels from this song.

Flight Modus - This entry sounds pure Outrun, but with Glenn's perfect ability to really make it sound like it came from instruments of yesteryear.  

New Connection - Dreamwave feels take the listener on a kaleidoscope trip through plucky synths and climactic chords. As always, the melody is supported by Glenn's signature bass lines and hooks.

Mother - A light airy tune, Mother features some guitar riffs that compliment a synthy melody that really evokes nostalgic memories of younger times. It's the longest track on the album, allowing it to take you on a trip full of memories and melancholy.

Back2Basics - The title track from the album begins with a slow build and transitions into a driving beat and beautiful chords. The chorus punches with epic synth layers.

Neon Ghost - This is one of my favourite tracks from the album. Released as a single last year around that creepy time of year, the thumping bass lines in this remind me of Nitzer Ebb, but then you have this beautiful melody that gives the song a relevant spooky feel.  

Silent Snowstorm - Synthwave Edit - The final song on the album, it gives a nice close to a compilation chock full of great synth music. This track features beautiful piano notes providing a nice "end credits" feel perfect to wrap things up.

    There is no filler in this album.  Glenn Main is an expert artist, and with his experience, every song is fully fleshed out. As stated earlier, you can really hear the influences he credited in his bio in almost every tune. He has his signature sound stamped everywhere, yet he manages to replicate the hardware and sound of days gone by.

The legend in action

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Julian Green

Published June 21, 2019

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