Posts Tagged ‘80’s synthpop’

May 16, 2018
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A kiss is sweet, but a “Kiss” from Pale Waves is even sweeter, particularly when its such a dreamy lustrous, glittery rocking alt pop gem like this new tune. We’ve been huge supporters of the Manchester based band this past year. We caught them live as many times as we could, both here in San Francisco and in Austin at SXSW, and we celebrated when they were named to BBC Sound of 2018′s esteemed shortlist. New song Kiss jump starts another busy and exciting season for the quartet, who are set to appear at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands Music Festival, and a number of CHVRCHES’ tour dates. The single is also their first release since they dropped their critically lauded debut EP, All The Things I Never Said. Kiss is a fresh and welcome dose of Pale Waves’ 80s styled, jaunty hooking alt pop. Kiss is available from iTunes, here.

May 16, 2018
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Rapport is defined as a close and harmonious relationship between people or a group. It’s a word that’s also used to describe an affinity, understanding, or bond. The moment I first listened to Rapport’s Unconscious, I developed more than affinity for the Toronto three piece, a new band who melds 80s pop rock with glossy whirring synthpop on their first single. It’s all very dreamy lustrous, like School Of Seven Bells, but dressed in more peppy rocking, new wave luscious threads then dusted with some frosty sugar. You can keep up with the new trio on Twitter, here.

April 27, 2018

Mi Amore”, as most of you can probably figure out, means “my love” in Italian. And who is more than worthy of being called our love after two long years of fervent praise and joyous live experiences? Acclaimed Los Angeles duo FRENSHIP, of course! The duo, who are in the midst of their spring North American tour right now, have taken time to release a new song and video named Mi Amore. The visuals give us an intimate window into the pair’s touring lives, while the song is a dash of FRENSHIP’s ever infectious alt pop and kinetic dance pop. Mi Amore is a rambunctious charging anthem with crisp snapping drums and slick 80s synths. “This song is an homage to many lessons we have learned throughout the last couple years,” the group explained. “When you love something and truly care about it, chase after it with every ounce of your being and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way. This is an autobiographical song that we’ll tell the stories of around the fire someday. Til then, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have it out in the open-air.” FRENSHIP will be back in San Francisco on May 8th when they headline the Independent. For more tour dates, hit up their website, here.

April 20, 2018
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[PREMIERE]   Linney – The Hurt

Heartbreak has never felt more lusciously sublime and pleasantly euphoric than while listening to The Hurt, Los Angeles based singer songwriter Linney’s brand new single. Her sweetly perfumed, fragrantly candied voice is beautifully soothing on the synth aureate, guitar buoyant pop ballad. Linney previously stole our hearts with heartfelt, misty songs like Alone Tonight and That Night. The blooming starlet even stole Halsey’s heart with her last single, Outta My Heart; Halsey professed her ardent adoration on Twitter. Linney’s fluorescent gleaming pop on The Hurt exudes a crystalline, honeyed enchantment much like that of Carly Rae Jepsen’s, but with the bright perky vivaciousness of HAIM or The Aces. Your heart may be aching from lovelorn woe, the world may seem like it’s “falling apart”, or you might feel like you’re “coming undone”, but suddenly, everything feels more than copacetic, thanks to this captivating chanteuse and her gorgeous new song. Linney’s The Hurt can also be streamed via Spotify, here. Make sure you follow Linney on Spotify and Instagram, here, where she’ll be going live tonight at 7pm PST to celebrate The Hurt’s release! We’re happy to announce that she’ll also be filming a music video today for The Hurt, and we can’t wait to see it!  The Hurt is also available via iTunes, here.

April 5, 2018
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Slow burning, sensual purling Deeper Than Oceans is Bravestation’s first single since they signed to renowned New York label AntiFragile, and what an 80s synthpop meets 90s R&B pop swooner it is. The last time we heard from the Toronto outfit was 10 months ago, when they enraptured us with their fluorescent sleek track Up For You. Warm and seductive Deeper Than Oceans is as romantic as it is nostalgic, and it more than raises our excitement levels for that long awaited Bravestation full length, which they’ve been teasing for what feels like a lifetime. Stream more Bravestation via their Soundcloud, here.

April 4, 2018
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I can never resist the lissome vocals and glacial allure of Scandinavian electro-pop, so it comes as no surprise that my ears are still totally enamored with Finland’s Olivera. But No More defies our usual Scandi-pop expectations with its warm blushing, wavy glistening synthpop. It’s a nostalgia laden, plush stirring anthem that could easily melt all the glaciers in the Arctic Circle, part Carly Rae Jepsen and part Betty Who, with a playful, honeyed 80s lilt. All we want is more of No More, a song that really pops and crackles like fireworks. On production duty is none other than IHM praised talent, Lenno. You find No More on all major platforms, here.

April 3, 2018
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If you’re as fond of 80s inspired retrowave and synthpop as we are, then you’re going to love The Bomb. Its dark new wave comes courtesy of Santa Cruz duo Vandal Moon, who’ve even teamed up with rising Oakland project vverevvolf on the song, a very pleasant surprise considering our ever growing love for the recently discovered band. Shades of The Cure and Blaqk Audio bedeck the restlessly enamoring track, while vverevvolf’s vocals add some welcome and contagious heat. The Bomb is lifted from Vandal Moon’s upcoming album Wild Insane, out April 20th. Pre-order on Bandcamp, here.

April 3, 2018
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With a jaunty step that reminds us instantaneously of The Strokes and a wavy sleek 80s vibrancy that also evokes Phoenix, Video Age pulls us into their synthpop world with “Hold On (I Was Wrong)”. It’s a fabulous preview off the New Orleans based duo’s forthcoming album Pop Therapy, and what sweet aural therapy it is! It’s nearly impossible not to get up and start twirling around the room to this smooth retro-earworm. Pop Therapy arrives June 15th on Inflated Records, and it follows Video Age’s debut, Living Alone, from 2016. 

March 24, 2018
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To be honest, we never want to let go of Nightly, so it’s quite appropriate that their new song is named Holding On. The Nashville alt pop cousins made a huge return last month on Miss You Like Hell, and now they’ve followed it up with this heartfelt anthem, a misty swathe of romantic 80s synthpop and lovesick sentimentality. Nightly recently wrapped up a sold-out run of tour dates supporting NF in the states, and they’ll re-unite with The Struts in Los Angeles at the Roxy on May 31st. Holding On can be found on iTunes, here.

March 23, 2018
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joan tenderizes our hearts then liquefies them into molten goo with their new retro-pop heartrender, ‘i loved you first’. The Little Rock, Arkansas pair, who’ve also announced spring tour dates with San Francisco’s Geographer, deliver a prom-ready ballad drenched in tender melancholy and wistful sentimentality. ‘i loved you first’ encapsulates everything you wanted to say to your middle school first crush, but couldn’t without an adequate amount of self growth and reflection. Glazed chords, aching guitar, and joan’s sweet, glossy cooing brings back all the bittersweet feels of those ill-fated crushes and doe-eyed, youthful romances. If you missed out on joan’s music despite the fact that we’ve been fervently featuring the pair’s tunes for the past year, check out their prior releases, here. Keep up with the band and their tour dates on their website, here.