About time I nominated vanguard182. He was a participant in the previous NGADM so I've waited quite a while to nominate him, but MAN, he deserves the title of underdog SO MUCH.
He makes new wave, and I'd never realised how cool new wave was until I heard his tracks. To this day I don't find them boring. They have such an uplifting, emotional sound to them. Melodies are superb, and the sounds he uses are perfect for new wave and sound awesome. See if you agree with me after you hear his stuff, they seriously sound fantastic.
Only thing he needs to work on would be mixing/mastering. His songs are badly equalized, often overdosed in reverb and the mastering isn't that good, but the melodies, the atmosphere and the general joyous emotion of the tracks he makes make up for it.
Right then, some examples of his work...
- 4.27 / 5.00
- New Wave
That's BY FAR my favourite of his work, and if you do listen to his stuff, I'd recommend that you listen to that one first. Amazing intro, builds up very nicely, melodies are well done and the general feel of the song was executed perfectly. And only 6 reviews, 3 being NGADM reviews? Utterly despicable, I say.
Click to listen.
- 4.39 / 5.00
- New Wave
Again, a sublime intro, and a brilliant melody to top it off. I don't think it's as good as the track I linked before this one, but for my standards it's still a great song. Naturally, the same recurring problem of bad mixing/mastering, but the whole song sounds amazing. It also has only 3 reviews excluding an NGADM review. If that's not unfair, then I don't know what is.
Anyway, I've said enough. I'll leave you guys to judge whether he's a good underdog, but in my opinion his songs deserve so much more recognition. It's rare that you see new wave here on NG, and to think that the first new wave I ever heard on NG was so spectacular. Give his tracks a listen!