""U.S. synthwave/retrowave artist Late Drifter delivers a great electronic instrumental tune with 'Harbor Ride', a classic old school 80's production-oriented track that takes you into a delightful sonic ride like its name proclaims!
Like many other artists in this genre/style, Late Drifter achieves a wonderful level of quality in terms of the musical arrangement, synth work, and melodies, adding to that a beautiful sax layer that is sometimes reminiscent of classic new wave/synthpop productions or more modern-day examples like The Midnight.
This particular track also features a low-level grittiness that is noticeable in subtle amounts and gives the music a richness and warm atmosphere, like if it was being played through a cassette.
In the end, the music is nonpretentious, it's simple and to the point, with a subtle complexity delivering a cool atmosphere that indeed can take you to a simulated 'harbor ride'.
Late Drifter is one of those synthwave artists that you shouldn't miss!""
by Synthpop Your World on 16-June-2020
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INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
The main inspiration behind this song was to make something that sounded distinctly South Florida in the 1980s. I'd added a very smooth saxophone lead to really tie it all together. I used a Casio sa-21 as the sound to emulate for the synth with heavy amount of compression.