Emerging from the dystopian cyberpunk depths of Neo-Tokyo, Scandroid is a musical project created by synthwave artist Klayton. Born Scott Albert, the Detroit-based artist (aka Klay Scott) created the character Red, who, according to the fictional origin story, discovered the "New Retro" sound of a "forgotten era" (i.e., the '80s) and formed the Scandroid project to resurrect that retro style. The Scandroid concept debuted in 2013, when Klayton and his collaborator, fellow synth artist Varien (born Nick Kaelar), released the debut single "Salvation Code." The '80s-inspired electronic soundscapes recalled contemporaries like S U R V I V E and Lost Years, with nods to inspirations like Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, Tears for Fears, and New Order. Subsequent singles followed before Kaelar parted ways with Klayton in 2014 to focus on his own projects. Scandroid's first official full-length was issued in late 2016. The self-titled Scandroid featured an appearance by Circle of Dust, Klayton's '90s industrial metal band, on "Pro-bots and the Robophobes."
Neil Z. Yeung