Posts Tagged ‘synth’

March 21, 2018
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Glassio’s new song Back For More is far too good not to also give it an individual feature even though we’ve included it in our catch-up SoundCloud playlist, which we dropped yesterday. The NYC based alt pop and dance pop duo deliver a fervent, heartsick anthem in Back For More, but heartbreak and longing has never felt more blissed out than through this smooth polished pastiche of lush harmonies and limber electronic arrangements. The duo, who pulls from a diverse range of influences including pop, house, R&B, and new wave, have crafted a deeply affecting and dreamy soothing love letter. We know exactly what we’ll be “back for more” of from Glassio. Re-visit the pair’s prior releases on Soundcloud, here.

March 21, 2018

My friends and I waited for English synthpop duo Monarchy to drop new music for a very, very long time. In fact, my friends have even dressed up as Ra Black and Andrew Armstrong for Halloween, that’s how much they love them. So we were elated when Monarchy released Hula Hoop 8000 last year. And the moment I came across new single MidNight, I made sure to shoot the tune straight over to them. The slick pumping, epic hooking, and dance-inspiring anthem is accompanied by a video directed by Alberto Van Stokkum. It displays two opposing universes, to polar ends of a spectrum. 

Monarchy’s vocalist Ra Black gives some background to the song – “The seed of the song started when I came back to London after traveling a lot and after falling in love HARD.  It’s that joyful dizzy feeling of seeing that person in every animate and inanimate object.  But I was also going though some difficult shit; multiple hardships and broken expectations. I ran to keep my mind healthy, but there were moments where it was just too much, too complicated to process. So I created this midnight place as a sanctuary for my mind. I would close my eyes and go in to space. It made me feel small but calm among the stars.”  MidNight is exhilarating yet smooth, euphoric and sublime. Monarchy’s new album will be out this summer, with details arriving very soon. MidNight is available, here.

March 12, 2018
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Peppy yet fluid and infectious pop captivates us on Dust, the latest from Los Angeles based singer songwriter ANNALIA. The synthpop track arrives ahead of her forthcoming debut EP, out this spring, which we’re certain is going to be an aural delight considering the luminous glow and romantic allure of her new single. A playful and funky, plucky and sprightly guitar riff adorns the 80s inspired bop, which is nothing short of pop perfection. Slide this one right in beside your favorite tunes from Carly Rae Jepsen, HAIM, MUNA, and The Aces. ANNALIA’s 5 song debut EP, produced by Andy Seltzer (Maggie Rogers, Zuri Marley, Penguin Prison) and written by ANNALIA herself, will showcase her unique brand of organic pop, effortlessly layering authentic instrumentation over her catchy electronic beats. Dust is available as a single from Apple Music, here.

March 2, 2018
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It’s been a very long time coming, but Jeremy Malvin, better known as sonic maestro Chrome Sparks, has announced his debut full length album. I still remember when Chrome Sparks was a duo, so many years ago, but Jeremy Malvin has lead the charge as a solo producer on the Brooklyn project for quite some time now. Let’s turn down with Chrome Sparks new single, Still Think, a ambient electronica, chill hip hop, and jazzy succulent amalgam that leaves us in a blissful trance. Saccharine melodies, opalescent synths, and agile beats take us on a dreamy pining escapade across verdant soundscapes and through shadowy nooks. Chrome Sparks’ eponymous debut album will be out on Counter Records come April 13th. Chrome Sparks will also be kicking off a tour later this month that will take him across the states through end of April. He’ll be stopping at the Great American Music Hall here in San Francisco on April 11th. Stream/download Still Think, here.

March 1, 2018

Though my loyalty still lies with Porches’ 2016 album Pool, I’m very much in love with the New York synthpop and dream pop project’s latest album, The House, too. In fact, it’s still in rotation in my car right now, and I can’t get enough of the latest single off the album, Goodbye. Though lugubrious, Goodbye builds into a vibrant and rhythmic dance-ready spectacular, topped off with Aaron Maine’s friction-less voice. Goodbye carries that slick Porsches sheen, a glossy and cool velour. Before you know it, the track is over, but you’re not ready to say “goodbye”, so you dip back into the song. Maine released a music video for Goodbye recently, which allows us a worthy visit of the single. We get to watch him at a recital in a church. It all seems mundane, yet it’s finely nuanced and captivating. The House, out on Domino, can be purchased, here.

February 28, 2018
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If you’re as fond of crisp clarion vocals and synthwavy synthpop as we are, then you’re going to naturally gravitate towards NINA and her slick shimmering, vibrant pulsing single Sleepwalking. The German pop singer-songwriter, who’s based out of London, is a classically trained vocalist who garners musical influence from the likes of Depeche Mode and contemporary artists like Chromatics, Ladyhawke, and Timecop 1983. Sleepwalking also evokes Avec Sans, Robyn, and CHVRCHES with its glistening beats and svelte vocals. It’s the title track from NINA’s debut album, arriving on March 16th. NINA comments more on the title track; “Sleepwalking is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, full of arpeggiators and pulsating synth sequences. This track was produced by Oscillian and it’s about how we subconsciously become protectors of the ones we love and care about, almost as if we were a hunter in a trance, or sleepwalking. It also talks about how people can dramatically change throughout a relationship. I’m very excited to finally release my debut album, which is entirely for my fans. They’ve been super patient and supportive all these years.” Pre-order NINA’s debut album Sleepwalking, here.

February 27, 2018
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We’ve been caught in the tide of Fly By Midnight’s retro hued synthpop and alt pop many times these past two years,and we gladly ride that current once again as the NYC duo explores the darker side of love on their new break up anthem, Just Say It. The duo explores the complexities that come with falling in and out of love on the synth florid, beat whirring heart melter. Fly By Midnight, known for their infectious energy and unique harmonies, continues to pick up momentum this year with their music, which has generated strong independent buzz as well as charted as high as #6 on Spotify’s Viral 50. They’ll be playing Delaware Music Festival this June.

February 27, 2018
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Misty enchantment ensues as Haley Blais, a new singer songwriter out of Vancouver, Canada, blesses us with sweetly melting, folk-tinged guitar pop on her new single Small Foreign Faction. The unassuming and unpretentious gem that showcases her gently pliant, melodiously charming vocals. Small Foreign Faction a sing-song ditty that enthralls like a songbird does on a dewy spring morning. It even comes with a music video in which Haley Blais serenades us from outside a window. The truly lovely tune can be found on Bandcamp, here. Watch the video for Small Foreign Faction below, followed by the video for prior hushed and understated song, Severance Pay.

February 24, 2018

I’m sure you’re all much familiar with Family Of The Year and their heartwarming folk rock. After all, who can forget their sweetly melting song Hero, a song so inextricably connected now to award winning film Boyhood and its moving coming of age tale? So, it’s quite the surprise that this Los Angeles four piece has returned with a song as lavishly synthy as vibrant thrumming Hold Me Down, their first single from their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nightime’. New direction or not, Family Of The Year continues to display their firm grasp on giving us irresistibly hooking indie pop and indie rock anthems with the new song. Family Of The Year’s new album will arrive on May 18th. Hold Me Down can be streamed/purchased, here

February 15, 2018
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Nick Samson, the Columbus by way of Cleveland multi-instrumentalist and vocalist better known nowadays as La Poré, swoops us away on a smooth luscious ride with his new single Missing It. We’re no strangers to La Poré’s 80s inspired, warm effulgent synthpop, having shared and even premiered some of his prior tracks in the past.

La Poré

takes influence from the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Foster the People, and Blood Orange when he crafts his satin pumping tracks, all of which are quickly apparent on Missing It. The song’s snappy strut and creamy finish also evoke Empire of the Sun, but enveloped in a ruddy plush, cottony cushioned atmosphere. Missing It is a part of international record and fashion label Maison Kitsuné’s latest collaboration with the NBA. The track will be featured on the upcoming 18 song compilation, 

Kitsuné America 5: The NBA Edition, alongside contributions from a long list of other IHM lauded artists and friends. For me, this is a dream come true, since I’m such a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors (and have been since long before our current reign as superstar champions). Missing It, out now, is 1 of 5 pre-released singles that have arrived before the official release of the full compilation on February 17th. Download, stream, and pre-order these tracks and the compilation by way of all major platforms, here.