Review

Vegyn

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

PLZ Make It Ruins • 2024

If Vegyn’s aka Joseph Winger Thornalley’s music doesn’t automatically transport you back to your childhood, you haven’t played enough Super Mario. Video game sounds aside, »The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions« isn’t just for Nintendo 64 nostalgics, it’s for anyone else in love, dreaming or lost somewhere else in the universe. The road to hell is more like a foam-padded road to the clouds, and good intentions also find their beneficial way out over the thirteen tracks. It remains to be seen why the British producer named his album this.

In any case, it makes sense that the 8-bit intonation of »The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions« blends perfectly with the dream that everyone can immerse themselves in from »A Dream Goes On Forever« to »Unlucky For Some«. The soundtracks are reminiscent of Boards of Canada’s vintage touch, but are broken up by samples and features (John Glacier, Ethan P. Flynn, Léa Sen, Lauren Auder): The melancholic loop becomes a narrative. Vegyn continues with what he does best. The rest is »Makeshift Tourniquet«.