Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, buzz-worthy act, Vagabond Specter started out as a studio project and later became a joint project when vocalist Pablo Specter and guitarist, keyboard player and producer Yuri Simalius decided to collaborate together when they met in Kiev in 2014. Specter had the bare bones of the songs together that would later become their debut album, Mirrors. With Simalius’s help, Specter was able to add in and incorporate more ideas that would put more life into the framework of the material he had going for him. A year later, the duo had two new additions to the group with the help of bassist Egor Gavrilenko and drummer Alex Okremov.
This has been a busy year for them, as Vagabond Specter has played a few shows throughout their native Ukraine, including doing their own “Secret tour” – a 25 day series of concerts where they run through different Ukrainian towns with slots on Atlas Festival and Faine Misto Festival, including being the supporting act for bands like Bloom Twins and Pianoboy. The band is currently on tour, and most recently opened for the legendary US alt-pop group Garbage in Kiev on November 13th.
“Half A Billion Miles” is an indie-rock song that has traces of electronic music running throughout the gamut of the track. The dissemblance of sound and the gradual dissension of technology make the 80’s imagery and connotations turn into iconic symbolism. The technological bleeps and blips of electronic modes juxtaposed next to the mish-mesh of robotic pictorial stimulations are gratingly futuristic. Shared with Specter’s easy and buoyant vocals, this foray into inner galactic space with its focus on steady rhythms and skilled guitar work sheds necessary light on Vagabond Specter’s successful run this year that has been, fittingly enough for them, a solid, out-of-this-stratosphere experience.
The new album is slated for a worldwide release on January 25, 2017. The group will be releasing “Half A Billion Miles” to radio in the UK and Europe on October 31 with a video to follow globally on November 14th. 7.7/10