Jay Rajeck founded TRS-80 in 1997, years before the advent of “chillwave,” or hypnagogic pop, or whatever this week’s correct term is for the current wave of indie music meant to invoke hazy memories of early-’80s video-game soundtracks, New Wave hits and other sounds ingrained in the brains of people raised during the Reagan years. TRS-80 has toured with Ariel Pink and Geneva Jacuzzi—leaders of the movement in question—but on Horizons, Rajeck shows why his group is different. Sleek and precise, combining analog synths with live drums, TRS-80 songs sound more like actual sci-fi film scores than vague remembrances of them. What’s more, chillwave rarely gets as funky as “Light Up My Life”—vintage hip-hop for robots.

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