Boomkat Product Review:
Design A Wave is the recording handle of Tom Hirst (with some help from Melissa Osborne and Will Saunders) and 'Live On Your Yard' is his first vinyl release. He's been releasing an assortment of dictaphone-recorded collages and warped synthwave inspired by the aesthetics of trashy old Troma movies and such (his name is borrowed from a gang in Surf Nazis Must Die) on CDr for over ten years, but he's only now getting the recongnition he obviously deserves, rewarded with this 12" and an inclusion on Rough Trade's 'Synth Wave 10' comp. The track they picked 'Remedy' is a highlight, a slightly uncomfortable slice of thin, icy coldwave melody and loner bedroom vocals. On the same side you'll also find the eccentric pop of 'After Party' and the Italo-inspired, gauzy disco of 'Hippasus', while the longer flipside 'Iso Bum' sounds like Gary War and Ariel Pink jamming on a slow and protracted nitrous comedown.