God bless synth waves and the sound of futuristic dystopia. Austin-based American synth-pop duo AI glide back into their discography with the release of one of their latest singles of 2020 — Prosper Park.
The duo makes their return from some of their early discography such as Blue Flowers on the Radio, appearing more thematic and elemental gusto like none previously. Prosper Park is a three-minute groove, characteristically borrowing similarities from psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, disco synth-pop and a hint of neo-psychedelia. The compressed drums and distorted electric tones offer the track the ability to compare with the soundscapes of some of the stalwarts in the genre such as Tame Impala and MGMT.
The vocals manage to accurately retain some of the frenzy left from the eighties discotheque inertia, particularly with the characteristic melodic suspension following the chorus — ‘When it gets dark, I still feel it’. AI’s music manages to create in the ears of the listener a near science-fictional landscape, not very much unlike the worlds created by Ziggy Stardust and more contemporary releases such as Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, suspending the listener in a world defined and fueled by the sound of its two citizens — Bobby Cheatham and Liz Feezor from AI.