Posts Tagged ‘analog’

April 6, 2018

Sometimes, the quiet hours of the evening are best suited for deep contemplation and profound meditation. Our minds roam free and our imaginations run wild as Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, presents us with stunning visuals and an austerely moving ambient soundscape on Untravel. It could be the very beginning of time, or the end of all time, as we float through the images and notes that pulse and undulate through us. Time could very well not exist right now. The English producer and composer is preparing to release his new album Persona on April 13th, and he demonstrates how effective he is at echoing the hidden emotions of our hearts with his digital construction. Untravel’s other worldly video was directed by Misha Shyukin, who fashioned the clip to accentuate the feelings and themes of in-between states present throughout Rival Consoles’ forthcoming album. You can pre-order Persona from Erased Tapes, here.

November 4, 2016

Chicago duo Dirty Sole has been around since 2001, but there’s no sign these fellows are slowing down as they unleash a music video for their new single, Faking. The song is lifted from their forthcoming sophomore album FWD Motion. Faking clatters crisply with zippy synths and resounding beats. Its analog electro charm and shiny melodic appeal remind me of Grum and Human Life, painted over with smooth lilting enamel. The video for Faking tells a rather peculiar yet true to reality tale about a couple. Faking is out now on iTunes.

September 23, 2016

If you’re a devout follower of the blog, then you probably know about my love for Operators, a project created by Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). Operators released a new album named Blue Wave earlier this year on Last Gang Records. I couldn’t get enough of the vivacious fusion of new wave, synthpop, and brooding post-punk found within that album. Get ready to move your body as we dive into newly announced album single Control. The track is one of the danciest jams off the album, a full blown electrifying shock of analog buzzing, icy rocking splendor. Control drops as a single on Last Gang come October 7th.

September 17, 2016

Apparently, I’m just a little bit late to the fine news that Roxanne Clifford, known for her part in English indie pop band Veronica Falls, has a solo project of her own named Patience. Her debut single The Church was released earlier this year, but she’s now followed it up with a mighty fine treat named The Pressure, which I discovered through its new music video this week. The Los Angeles based musician delivers crystalline pulsating synthpop of the sort I can’t resist. The Pressure is icy, yet its retro analog properties and crisp honeyed vocals are endlessly endearing. It only makes sense that The Pressure’s music video is a throwback to lo-fi VHS tapes of yore, which many of you young ones may have never encountered (”be kind, please rewind”). You can stream debut single The Church below, which I’m ever grateful to have encountered belatedly. It’s absolutely glorious. The Pressure and The Church were both available on limited 7″ vinyl via Night School Records, but sadly, both are sold out as of now. 

June 2, 2016
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The rapturous stringy opulence of TEN FÉ’s driving single Make Me Better is completely turned on its head by London’s UNKLE on a spaciously expansive remix. This Make Me Better goes spacey and dreamy, haunting and moody, before picking up the pace and launching into pulsating exuberance. UNKLE’s remix nearly convinces me for a brief moment that I have synaesthesia. Every throbbing beat, every vibrating synth, and TEN FÉ’s airy vocals have me seeing all sorts of brilliant colors in the eye of my mind, bursting like vivid light in cavernous darkness.

April 27, 2016
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Singer songwriter Erin Tobey, who hails from Bloomington, IN, is preparing to release a new album named Middlemaze. She first caught my attention recently with album taste I’m Young, which she follows up strongly with new song Work It Out, an ode to being young and sad… to those angsty times when you feel as if you were the hole at the center of the universe. Though this makes the song sound like quite the aching, anguished ballad,  Work It Out is a folktronica gem full of peppy endearment, its youthful melancholy sweet and assertive. Listen to softly brooding, lightly crunchy folk rock song I’m Young below. Pre-order Erin Tobey’s Middlemaze album, here.

April 15, 2016
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Analog dreaminess and softly glowing synthiness envelop me in the very ecstasy named in Cadence Kid’s debut earlier this year. The newcomer was originally a film composer, one who decided to focus his energy on crafting songs instead. From the sounds of Ecstasy, this seemed like a very wise decision. Ecstasy starts out intimate and dusky enchanting, reminding me of Geographer, before it blooms into a full on heart swelling electropop ode to the joys of love. Cadence Kid soon followed Ecstasy up with a bubbly treat named Whistling Your Name, which can be streamed below. There’s a simplistic charm to Cadence Kid’s rhythmic synthpop, one that reminds me of youthful innocence and emotion without convolution. 

September 9, 2014
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Operators is back with a second single, and Start Again is a synth wave and analog dance rock treat. You might recall I shared their debut song True before, describing how the song reminded me of Divine Fits and the now defunct Handsome Furs. I then went on to discover that Operators is a new project helmed by Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, and Handsome Furs, so it all made perfect sense. He teamed up with Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks to form Operators. They’re currently on tour opening for Future Islands as well as headlining their own shows. On October 8, they’ll play Bimbo’s 365 in San Francisco, with Zola Jesus. Operators’ debut EP, EP1, is out right now. Revisit debut single True below.

September 9, 2014
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Operators is back with a second single, and Start Again is a synth wave and analog dance rock treat. You might recall I shared their debut song True before, describing how the song reminded me of Divine Fits and the now defunct Handsome Furs. I then went on to discover that Operators is a new project helmed by Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, and Handsome Furs, so it all made perfect sense. He teamed up with Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks to form Operators. They’re currently on tour opening for Future Islands as well as headlining their own shows. On October 8, they’ll play Bimbo’s 365 in San Francisco, with Zola Jesus. Operators’ debut EP, EP1, is out right now. Revisit debut single True below.