Heartland synthesist Dylan Ettinger follows up 2010s New Age Outlaws with a stark, dark, and intensely different collection of misshapen new wave weirdnesses, Lifetime Of Romance. Recorded at a proper studio, and written over the course of a year, the seven songs of Romance reflect a heavy influence from the fringier strains of quasi-industrial synth-pop a la Fad Gadget, Cabaret Voltaire, early Human League, etc, but dragged through his own warped filter. The approaches vary radically, from abandoned factory dirges (Sport And Superstion, Maude) to dubbed-out man-machine paranoia (Disparager) to sine-wave robot radio singles (Arco Iris, Blue and Blue) and general electronic workshop exploration (18.0). Its always to be heralded when an artist braves foreign terrain so its a kick to hear Ettingers secret circuitry language channeled into the pop architectures of twisted synth-wave melancholia for the first time. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with synthesizer trio cover photography by Michael Anderson.