Emperor Yes just released their debut single Wasps and the music video is fantastic. It’s mash of 80s and 90s horror flicks, nerd chic, and Japanese foreign film. The playful synth soundtrack may be a bit too happy for a gory wasp attack, but it creates a nice contrast. Somehow the band’s writhing and flinching […]
The Cambridge-based band Night Fruit has been in my regular rotation these past few months. Female fronted dreamy-synth-pop-shoegaze textured bliss. They just released a new seven inch, Dark Horse, in December. I had met frontwoman Amanda Dellevigne on tour a few years back and have been following her voice ever since. You should, too.
I caught Riot in Magenta by chance as I was snaking past Baybeats Music Festival a few months ago. So far the duo, formed by singer-songwriter Eugenia Yip and keyboardist-producer Hayashida Ken, have released just a two-track demo on CD, but it’s already clear that their dreamy lungful of synth pop soundscapes will conquer quite […]
I think this tune is going to be on a lot of peoples’ Song Of The Year lists. It’s taken from their new album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, which I’m sure will be a synth-pop laden corker.
Curxes (pronounced ‘curses’) are one of the most exciting new bands you’ll hear all year. Roberta Fidora and Macaulay Hopwood make music that will suck you in, invade your brain, and make you lose sense of time. Their music is somewhere between Depeche Mode and Crystal Castles.
Les Rita Mitsouko was a creative and eccentric French duo in the eighties, combining elements of punk, rock, synth pop and jazz. Coupled with the band’s colorful, wild, over-the-top image, Rita Mitsouko were groundbreaking, not only in their music style but also in their visual video art.
Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands have been busy lately. Along with In The Fall, a 12″ EP of b-sides released earlier this month, their Thrill Jockey debut In Evening Air is due out May 4, right at the start of a month-and-a-half-long tour. Gerrit Welmers lays down dance-y New Wave rhythms and William Cashion slams […]
We’re not shy about our love of all things 80s, and Goldfrapp’s Rocket clip has taken us right back to a cloudy pastel world of big hair, synth optimism and glittering disco. We might just stay here for a while. Who’s in?
Don’t be afraid of the word retro. It has haunted us all from time to time, but one group that has embraced it with open arms is UK duo, La Roux. Their music is synth pop in the vein of Calvin Harris, Human League, The Eurythmics, and The Knife. There are quite a few of […]
Australian band Van She had a cultish hit single a little while back with their synth-pop track Kelly. The voyeuristic film clip was simple enough — girls called Kelly kissing boys — but it was strangely beguiling. We asked the guys where the creative inspiration for the clip came from: ‘We worked on that video with a friend of ours who has a really strong style in terms of Grading and set plotting and location spotting, a style which was perfect for the song Kelly. At the time we were, and still are, really in to movies like the Breakfast Club, Virgin Suicides, and anything that has that lost sense of nostalgia’.