Aptøsrs shares 'Elders' his cinematic blend of bass-heavy synthwave and epic orchestrations

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With the moniker reflective of a prehistoric behemoth, Aptøsrs, the instrumental project from multi-talented composer Paul Terry, has charged headfirst into the music world, delivering a sonic odyssey of sounds effortlessly shaped into a colossal debut album. Titled 'Elders', the record is a powerhouse of synth sounds, creative flourishes, and sharp collaborative energy, forging a new path that is disarming, unique, and unforgettable.

Mixed by Adam Noble (known for his work with Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, and Don Broco) and mastered by Robin Schmidt (whose credits include Pixies, Royal Blood, and Wolf Alice), 'Elders' is the culmination of Aptøsrs' recent work, taking lead from his critically acclaimed debut single 'Rust Mountain'.

Through the album, Aptøsrs unleashes a sonic tapestry woven with threads of synthwave, cinematic grandeur, and a rhythmic backbone that skillfully jumps between downtempo, breakbeat, and driving rock. It's a testament to Paul's vast experience scoring over thirty soundtracks, and his nuanced understanding of sonic storytelling. A standout element is the emphasis on bass guitar as the lead instrument. This is unusual, giving the album a powerful, driving energy often absent in purely synth-based compositions. Layered with delicate piano melodies and the dramatic swells of orchestration, Aptøsrs crafts an atmosphere that is both nostalgic and epic, familiar yet refreshingly innovative.

Through tracks like 'A Peaceful Way To Deft Them All', 'Nothing But Recall', and of course, the highly celebrated 'Rust Mountain', Aptøsrs shows a clever and intricate ability to blur the lines between musical worlds, taking the best moments of modern synthwave and timeless soundscapes, and stitching them into vast, creative spaces.

'Elders' is a compelling debut that carves its own niche within the instrumental genre. Cinematic in scope, bold in execution, and endlessly listenable, it's an album that invites you to lose yourself in its intricate layers and textured soundscapes.

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