nostraightanswer’s ‘SYNTECH 0’ is a breath of fresh air.

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Mason Montano, Music Editor

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Way back in mid-2015, American VOCALOID producer nostraightanswer announced a two-part album project, now known as SYNTECH 0. Having previously only released instrumental albums, SYNTECH 0 was to be his first album entirely comprised of VOCALOID tracks.

The project’s initial release date of November 2015 was entirely dependent, however, on the release of the VOCALOIDs DEX and DAINA, which were scheduled to be released that summer, as the album’s tracks predominately featured their vocals. Nostraightanswer actually provided his voice for DEX and worked as a beta tester for his voicebank. Unfortunately, DEX and DAINA were not released until November, thus, pushing back the release date. Conflicts in his personal life would also severely impact the album’s development.

Finally, after four years of delays, SYNTECH 0 was released in mid-August, and let me tell you, it was entirely worth the wait. As I mentioned previously, this is a two-part project. The first part, SYNTECH+, includes original tracks featuring the VOCALOIDs: DEX, DAINA, MAIKA, AVANNA, and Hatsune Miku. The second part, SYNTECH-, mostly features self-covers of songs from part one sung by nostraightanswer himself in addition to new original songs and remixes.

The best word I can use to describe this project is “breathtaking”. nostraightanswer combines elements of EDM, J-pop, and synth pop into a stunning body of work. The title track, “Someday You’ll Notice the Evening Colored Horizon”, perfectly captures the essence of the project. For the version on SYNTECH+, nostraightanswer utilizes Hatsune Miku V4 English, an unexpected choice that really pays off, as her vocals, with the help of nostraightanswer’s expert tuning, blend incredibly well with the instrumental. The song sounds like how ocean mist feels hitting your face. It’s refreshing and full of flavor.

nostraightanswer has stated that, with the release of this project, he hopes that western VOCALOID music can break out into the mainstream, and if any album could help achieve that, it would be this one. SYNTECH 0 is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream SYNTECH+ on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4V7hny71eo3o7DpL9PByOi?si=3QvM96lNTvi0mYD4Z1tF6g

Stream SYNTECH- on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3nZ6CQ3TFaUhFUGngoWZsi?si=qg0QZWIESyaWLLrtP51KRQ

Watch the PV for “Someday You’ll Notice the Evening Colored Horizon”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DdavFz_y4w