Posts Tagged ‘80;s’

January 31, 2018
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Though I actually ran into one of the members of Dear Boy nearly a year ago in Austin at SXSW, I’ve somehow never caught the Los Angeles based band live, since I had to miss out on their prior stop at Popscene in San Francisco. I’m hoping this all changes in 2018 now that the band is releasing new material, and very fine material at that. New single Love Interest premiered last week on NYLON, and it’s a profuse dose of the band’s retro-styled new wave and indie rock. Love Interest is a rich thrumming, nostalgic whirring canvas of 80s and 90s evoking sound. About the song, Dear Boy’s Ben Grey says: “‘Love Interest’ is a song written for our clumsy years. We wanted to write something recklessly optimistic about love and the joys of being out of your depth. Pulp had a big influence on this song. I wasn’t old enough to have them on my high school walls but whenever I listen to them now, there’s a bizarre sense memory of something I never experienced. That’s a quality we were hoping to nuzzle up to while recording. Disco 2000 meet Disco 2018.” A single release show goes down tomorrow night (January 31st) at the Troubadour in LA, ticket info can be found, here.

January 17, 2018
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I watched my fair share of American Idol in its first few seasons of existence, but I lacked the time to keep up later on in the series. As such, I’m not always familiar with all the talented vocalists and musicians who have shared the limelight on the show, but we have already encountered season 14 star Rayvon Owen and his electro stippled pop due to his previous single Volume. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter enraptures us anew with a dominating performance on Gold. His buttery voice shines on the smooth pumping, vibrantly uptempo pop single, a truly aureate anthem that celebrates love. Love is exhilarating, love is sweet, love feels undescribably good… and that’s exactly what Rayvon Owen has given us in Gold. The single, which made its premiere via Billboard, can be streamed/downloaded, here.

January 11, 2018
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When I think of swans, I usually picture graceful and peaceful birds, quietly floating across idyllic ponds. But imagine a bevy of swans who believe they’re flamingos, strutting their way through a tropical paradise. I’m sure they’d love to dance days away to Aggressive Swans, an indie duo from Munich, Germany who’ve just released their second single before the new year. Neon 80s funk and glamorous nu-disco abounds on About You, a snazzy, flashy eruption of scintillating modern dance pop. The two piece describe themselves as an alt-pop band consisting of classically educated musicians Janko Raseta and Chris Chlupacek. You can purchase their flamboyant single About You, here

January 9, 2018

Swedish folk troupe First Aid Kit, a favorite of ours for such a long time, have been drumming up a fresh new flood of buzz lately with the songs they’ve revealed from their next album Ruins. Much of the music we’ve heard so far from the album have been extra rustic compared to some of their prior material, but new song Fireworks takes a bit of a turn. It’s a melting dream pop flavored canticle, accompanied by a heavily nostalgic video that pays tribute to the 80s with its idyllic prom setting. Fireworks is without a doubt my favorite new FAK song off Ruins so far, a Beach House meets Lykke Li styled ambler with ample pastoral charm. I’ve been melting away to it since its trademark First Aid Kit harmonies came to light last Friday, and now you can, too. Ruins arrives January 19th, pre-order, here.

January 4, 2018
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Pleasure Craft just landed emphatically on our radar with his latest single, Take Your Time. The solo musical project of Toronto based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Sam Lewis dishes out an alt pop sound that reminds me of a blend of Dan Croll with Will Joseph Cook. It’s intricately and whimsically lilting, with some retro Talking Heads flair. For more of Pleasure Craft’s immensely pleasurable music, stream debut single Everybody Wants Some below. It’s a smooth whirling, synth cushioned glider about ambition and guilt. 

January 4, 2018

Come January 12th, Boston indie duo Modesta will be releasing their debut studio effort, a self-produced four track EP entitled VHS. It’ll be just over a year since we first encountered the group’s indie electronica and R&B infused indie rock. The title track is a fitting homage to the 80s, considering its name. It’s also a spacey psychedelic, funky sashaying electronic cut, a bit like MGMT crossed with Tame Impala, with a drizzle of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s diaphanous glide. How else would such a song be delivered but with a music video that feels like we’ve stepped into an old VHS tape? VHS can also be streamed via Spotify, here. We’ll be waiting for the rest of the EP to arrive in a couple of weeks. 

December 5, 2017
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Iridescent shimmering, nostalgic aching synthpop abounds on Swedish duo Tundran’s latest single, All The Love, a track we gleefully shared when it surfaced a few weeks ago. You can check out our feature, here. The disco infused pop duo have now unleashed a massive remix of the tune by a collective of fellow Swedish artists named Beats Beyond. It’s a robust pumping, buoyant pulsing dance remix full of crisp energy that adds a new coating of infectious electronic allure to the original. The enigmatic musicians involved in Beats Beyond certainly blow us away with this polished electro edit, which stays true to the original’s 80′s flair with plenty of contemporary dance influence layered on, including som. The original track is lifted from Tundran’s new EP, Morning Moon, out now. You can stream Tundran’s electronic pop off Spotify, here.

November 14, 2017

Walk the Moon will always hold a special place in my heart. They were one of the very first bands I ever caught at Popscene, my favorite venue and indie club series in San Francisco, plus early singles Anna Sun and Tightrope are still such euphoria inducing treasures. Last Friday, the Cincinnati indie pop and dance-rock quartet released their third studio album What If Nothing, and there are certainly some fine gems off the record. I find myself swept away in particular by Tiger Teeth, a surprisingly glossy gliding, synth plumed indie electronica and alt pop number. Despite its name, its as smooth as can be, and quite the lustrous melter of a synthwavey tune. Walk the Moon’s new album is available from iTunes, here.

November 11, 2017

News regarding La Bouquet’s debut EP nearly snuck past our radar, and I’m infinitely glad my keen eye happened to catch some chatter on my socials regarding the release. We’ve been massive fans of the project, helmed by Bryan Sammis, formerly of The Neighbourhood and Olivver the Kid, and his long time collaborator and friend Jake Lopez. It would’ve been a sad affair if we missed out on the new songs included on their fine release. Take for example this breathtaking gust of heartsick nostalgia and melting alt/synthpop named ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’. Soaring guitars, crisp 80s drums, and hearty synths make this love song a superbly satisfying, fulfilling listen. It’s a must for fans of The Chain Gang Of 1974, Great Good Fine OK, and The Naked and Famous. Make sure you check out La Bouquet’s debut EP Heavy Sunshine on Spotify, here, which includes previously extolled gems like Loveless and Loser Baby.

November 7, 2017
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Swedish duo Tundran must have been hard at work on their sudden new EP this past year. They broke a long silence last Friday to give us Morning Moon, a fabulous suffusion of the pair’s sweeping synthpop from which comes this synth flowing, iridescent shimmering beauty, All The Love. Heartbreak and nostalgia abound on the epic 80s inspired synthpop and indie electronic song. Tundran says of their Morning Moon EP: 

“We really loved writing and producing the Morning Moon EP. It was a very sobering experience for us. When making music, we usually like to lose ourselves in dreams and our imagination, but it felt natural to explore some personal feelings this time around. We always embrace changes to our music, and we will keep evolving in the future. For now, it’s incredibly exciting to release these songs, and let them run free in the wild.” Preview Tundran’s new 7 track EP on Soundcloud, here.