Posts Tagged ‘synth rock’

February 20, 2018

ONR made waves in the new music scene a few months ago with the Scottish indie-electronic artist’s second single 5 Years Time, making us fast fans with his melodic sprawling sound. He now returns with an arena ready new anthem named American Gods, a synthrock and alt rock hybrid that immediately hooks us in with its spry step and rambunctious melody. Come springtime, ONR will be taking the stage for his very first live U.S. shows with a handful of headline gigs in Los Angeles and New York City. More information will be announced soon. I’m praying that a San Francisco show might be added to the list, too. 

January 23, 2018
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Palace Winter released their debut album Waiting For The World To Turn last year on Tambourhinoceros (a fine label whose name is always fun to say, hard to spell). The pair from Denmark had caught our attention prior to its release with their flossy warm single Soft Machine. Now, a full year later, life repeats itself as Palace Winter announce their next album Nowadays and share a spacey shimmering, synth droning new single Take Shelter. The introspective psych rock and synth-rock jewel is the lead single from Nowadays, due out May 4th on 2018.

November 25, 2017

A new OK Go music video is always a momentous affair. After all, the alt rock/power pop veterans are well known for their exceptional creativity and skillful innovation when it comes to their visual accompaniments for their always catching tunes. In the music video for their song Obsession, which comes off of their 2014 album Hungry Ghosts, OK Go utilizes a crazy amount of desktop printers to create a jaw dropping stop motion animation clip. The band recycled all of the paper that was utilized for the video, as well as donated proceeds to Greenpeace. As always, it’s a clever and fun watch to go along with such a sprightly rollicking OK Go jam. And if anything is “obsessive”, it’s OK Go’s dedication to their audio-visual artistry.

OK Go says: 
“This video has a lot of flashing colors. If you’re susceptible to seizures, be careful, please. Your viewing experience will look significantly better if you manually set your YouTube resolution settings to 1440p or 2160p (for desktop, click the gear icon in the lower right). Just leaving it on ‘Auto HD’ results in some pretty intense distortion during a few sections, because when the the colors and patterns get crazy, there’s actually just too much information flying by for YouTube’s normal HD compression. We broke the matrix. The good people of YouTube have been working with us to solve this (it’s a bit rate limitation issue) over the last 24 hours, but there’s no quick fix, and now it’s Thanksgiving in the US, and we’re all with our families. We hope you like it! Many, many thanks to our collaborators at Double A (http://www.doubleaxokgo.com).”

From the album Hungry Ghosts, out now everywhere: http://smarturl.it/Hungry-Ghosts

November 25, 2017
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All Eyes On Me”? More like, “all ears on Streets Of Roya”! And I’m being literal, too, considering the large chunk of time I spent this afternoon listening to this indie/alt pop project after coming across his latest single. Streets of Roya is the brainchild of singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Wespi, who creates energetic yet intimate songs saturated with his unique voice and whimsical guitar lines. Wespi originally hails from Zurich, Switzerland, but he’s also lived in London, Berlin, and recently, Los Angeles, which is where he wrote and produced his latest material under a hot California sun. All Eyes On Me is a fluidly propulsive alt single recorded in West Hollywood as a critique of the 21st century zeitgeist.  Wespi says of the song: “Inundated with information, half-truths, political correctness and a wide spectrum of different ideologies, we all seem to create our very own reality and trying to hide behind such. People talk a lot but nobody is actually listening. We make judgements upon other people’s opinions without even trying to see their side. Your own beliefs and personal reality becomes the sole truth. It seems like our own selfishness leads us to drifting further apart from each other.” Stream Streets Of Roya’s prior singles Let The World Stop and Motion below, both mighty fine dulcet loping charmers. 

November 16, 2017
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Get Away is a cool modular synth jam from a project from the Netherlands named HERR ALT, and it’ll have you shuffling your feet in a euphoric trance straightaway. The dance punk styled banger, which channels some Operators post-punk and KOPPS dance rock alongside its Depeche Mode vibes, is our first introduction to the artist, as we somehow missed what looks to be his first release, Rush, last month. You can stream that pulsing, thrashing, and churning affair below. 

November 15, 2017

Strangers we certainly are not when it comes to The Ramona Flowers, the UK band who’ve enraptured us many times over with their oft 80′s inspired vibrant synthrock, indie electro, and dance rock. The Ramona Flowers are preparing to release a new album named Strangers, and we now get to twirl about to the title track, a funky strutting, electro-rocking, wavy lustrous jam reminiscent of early Cut Copy with a drizzle of Chromeo and a pinch of St. Lucia. Strangers relishes that special moment when you meet someone new and have an instant connection. The new music video for Strangers features America’s Got Talent finalist KidtheWiz. You can also stream Strangers via Deezer and Spotify, here.

November 9, 2017

Today happens to be the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and to mark the occasion, feminist art collective Pussy Riot released a brand new song and a video to go with it that also stars actress Chloe Sevigny as a law enforcement officer. Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova worked with Grammy nominee Ricky Reed on the song, Police State, which also happens to arrive exactly a year after the last American presidential election. As always, Pussy Riot sends an electrifying political statement on Police State, a surprisingly synthy and pop flavored offering that I find myself gravitating towards immensely. It almost feels a bit early MØ-esque with a little bit of Sleigh Bells’ noise pop.  This week, Pussy Riot will perform their debut live music performance in Berlin. They’ll also be playing stateside and making their sold out debut at Los Angeles on December 13th before heading to Houston’s Day for Night Festival on December 15th. I can’t help but feel some FOMO regarding these performances, I’d imagine them to be quit the “riot” indeed. Stream/download Police State, here.

June 28, 2017

Brooklyn duo Secret Weapons snagged our attention nearly a year ago when they debuted with Something New, which they quickly followed up with a solid self titled EP. Now, they’re all set to unfurl a debut full length, and its first single is a jam! Ghost, the title track from that record, is as punchy as can be with feisty horns and an upbeat brand of funky pop meets electro rock. It’s also insanely infectious. Flashy grooving Ghost comes with a glitzy glam animated music video, too. You can purchase Ghost from iTunes, here, while we await further news about Secret Weapons’ album.

April 11, 2017
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Get ready for a heart pumping ride as Los Angeles based band Battle Tapes swoops us up with their new single No Good. The buzzing, sawing spectacular melds unabashed electro with adrenaline fueled rock. Joywave meets Justice and NIN meets Digitalism on the tense pumping extravaganza. 

No Good is lifted from the band’s forthcoming EP, Form, due out this June. No Good, which is so insanely good, will be out on all major digital distributors come April 21st. 

March 29, 2017

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888, the same alt electro band from Denver who gave us that infectious anthem Critical Mistakes last year, are back with a new one just as vividly hooking. Older Now is a synth florid, effulgent sweeping spectacular. It comes as no surprise that Older Now has already earned a coveted spot on one of Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists. The single is out now on Island Records. You can also stream Older Now via Soundcloud below. 888 was just announced as a part of Lollapalooza’s massive 2017 lineup. I’m hoping they’ll be playing some of my favorite Bay Area fests this year, too, like BFD, or Outside Lands.