Detroit-based genre-hopper Klayton (Celldweller)’s synthwave project Scandroid offers up a new cut from the much-anticipated self-titled debut, a cover of the Tears For Fears classic “Shout”, which we are pleased to premiere now. While remaining faithful to the spirit of the original, Scandroid has added a smart, contemporary vibe to the tune with brilliant blasts of synths and a loving nod to the pop sounds of the ‘80s. Klayton has apparently between waiting to record “Shout” since hearing the original just over 30 years; what’s apparent in his version is that he knows each change and lyric well and tempers his reverence with a healthy dose of originality.
He’s also directed the video, which captures ‘80’s zeitgeist with a storyline that summons memories of MTV’s greatest era. Joined by a supporting cast of dancers (and a fighter or two) Klayton reminds us that the medium of the four-minute promo clip was once truly an art form.
“Shout” arrives early in the 67-minute journey of Scandroid’s debut, a record that details a future filled with sentient robots, unhappy humans and a dystopic reality that provides the perfect backdrop for the artist’s particular musical thread.
You don’t have to have lived through the ‘80s to appreciate Scandroid but if you did, you’ll enjoy a healthy dose of the familiar in Klayton’s masterful recreation of those neon years.