Magenta Dusk – ‘Last Light EP’

The debut EP from Nottingham, UK-based artist Magenta Dusk, Last Light achieves a dreamy synth-pop sound that meshes retro and modern aesthetical appeal. Magenta Dusk represents the work of writer, composer, and producer Ross Swift, who features a range of vocalists to further bolster a compelling sound.

“Blinded” kickstarts the EP with ravishing entrancement. Glistening synths and a buzzing bass undercurrent complement a stirring “when I look in your eyes,” sequence — singing “I’m blinded by you,” amidst the lush synth work. Swift describes the effort as “about how something or someone can make you blind to all the struggles that surround you in life, and that nothing else matters,” — while also noting how fragile that state can be.

“Close To Never” follows with twinkling synth engagement, as the lyrics reflect on moving on from living in the past, and instead finding oneself in a familiar place with a newly invigorated perspective; the ’80s nostalgia is especially evident here in the clanging synth-bass and airy textural resonance. The EP concludes with two memorable tracks musing on senses of time. “Time” is a fluttering synth-pop beauty, ruminating on how life can move by too fast, while “Edgelands” touts a Lynchian mystique in its approaching of fleeting moments as ominously sinister. Last Light is a gripping EP from Magenta Dusk.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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