In our social media age, how much mystery is there? Everyone knows a bit too much about each other. There are also things off limits from conversation and soft censorship for acceptable things. There is a little music mystery going on right now, Randy Wulff/Lewis Baloue. My hipster cousin was up to speed on it and explained this to me, causing me to go on an internet search quest. We know way too much about musicians and actors now, so a bit of a black hole is interesting.
Wulff completed at a minimum, two albums back in the '80s. These albums were discovered by the curators at Light in the Attic records and have since been released. It is super '80s synth. The vocals are mediocre, and it is a really weird juxtaposition to hear him plucking an acoustic guitar over a synth background. The second album, Romantic Times, is all synth. In a nutshell, listen to "Bringing You a Rose" (embedded below) and you will grok. It's the soundtrack to every slow motion make out session between a guy in a Don Johnson knock off suit with the sleeves rolled up and a girl in a short dress with some sequins on it, having done a few lines at the club. The light might be spilling in through the blinds, leaving shadows on their bodies. The film wouldn't have to play it in slo-mo as they would be moving in slo-mo. Scratch that. This is the soundtrack to "a deleted sex scene from "Wild Palms". It is totally time-stamped for the '80s, but that is precisely why the hipsters are digging it.
Is it real? it seems too tailor made for the hipsters. The hipsters of course cannot just let it be, and a few tracked the guy down to talk to him. They probably did it to try to verify they are not being fooled. It would not be a first for creating a hoax into a phenomenon by playing on a crowd's tastes and air of sophistication. Jean Shepherd did something similar with I, Libertine, but he was overt in messing with the system. I doubt a hipster friendly music curator would do this to their fan base. It would be a bigger slap in a fan base's collective face than Wall-E.
Still, something feels off about the synth on the first album. The photo to the second album looks like a stock '80s rich guy photo. He has a jet, a Mercedes 450 SL and the white suit with a cigarillo in hand. Does it matter? No. It is a small potatoes, weird music story. The hipsters just don't want to admit that he disappeared from music because he music sucks, therefore what they like sucks.