Posts Tagged ‘synthrock’

May 30, 2018
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Noah and the Whale is a band I’ll miss for all eternity, having fallen head over heels for the Charlie Fink-lead band circa 2009 when they released their second album The First Days Of Spring. I’m infinitely glad that Charlie Fink is still active in the music scene, but it’s been a year since we shared his last dusty folk pop charmer, I Was Born To Be A Cowboy. Well, all my fretting and wondering about when he’d reappear has been put to rest now that Charlie Fink has suddenly surfaced with a new double-A side single. Stream My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm above and Anywhere below. Both are massive stunners. Anywhere is a fresh interpretation of Fink’s solo album track ‘Anywhere You’re Going, Is On My Way’ which was originally a delicate folk offering, but Fink has completely re-invented the track with 80s electronic beats and driving synth lines that remind me of Bleachers. My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm is also a resplendent thrummer. The song, which Fink recorded in 2015, perfectly complements Anywhere with its soaring synthpop choruses and new wavy flourishes. Of course, at the center of both tracks is Fink’s ever recognizable voice, which always has a special place in my heart. Both voluminous tunes are available, here.

May 22, 2018
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Who’s excited for CHVRCHES new album? We only have a few days to go before Love Is Dead hits the shelves, and I can’t wait for my pre-order to arrive in the mail. Let’s celebrate with a stellar remix of the Scottish electropop outfit’s synth towering, kaleidoscopic whirling single Get Out, by none other than soy loving Vancouver electronic whiz tofû! He’s given the track a celestial dose of vibrant energy on his sweeping dance remix. It’s a profoundly lifting experience, a beautifully balanced synthrock and melodic bass edit that will leave us beaming for the rest of the day. The remix is a free download, here.

May 22, 2018

On July 6th, Grammy-nominated British trip hop and electronic legends Goldfrapp will be releasing a deluxe edition of Silver Eye, their latest album from last year. On it are several new bonus tracks, including a rendition of album closer Ocean featuring none other than Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan. Depeche Mode and Goldfrapp is a more than epic union, and this glorious new version of Ocean more than reflects that. You can find the track on Apple Music, here. Pre-order Silver Eye: Deluxe Edition, here.

May 19, 2018

Parade Of Lights is back with a new EP named Human Condition Pt 1. New song Tangled Up is even featured on the soundtrack for season 2 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. The Los Angeles synthrock/alt pop outfit deliver a iridescent pulsing treat in the song, inspired by desire and obsession. For another taste from Parade Of Light’s new EP, stream infectious Inside My Head below, which erupts extravagantly with volatile choruses, new wavy synths, and glistening instrumentation. Both tracks are exhilarating cuts off Parade Of Lights’ new EP. The new 13 Reasons Why Season 2 soundtrack is available, here. Parade Of Light’s new EP can be found, here.

May 18, 2018

It’s happened! It’s finally, finally happened! Barring another sudden delay (the last one being Valentine’s Day a few years ago, when Johnny Jewel reportedly destroyed the recordings due to being the perfectionist we’re glad he is), Chromatics’ Dear Tommy is on its way into our outstretched arms, uh, ears! The album is due to arrive this fall via Italians Do It Better, and this welcome news, worthy of much revelry, is accompanied by brand new single Black Walls. Sure, it hasn’t been a complete Chromatics drought these past few of years. After all, we were treated to the music Jewel wrote for Twin Peaks: The Return last year as well as the band’s delightful cameos on the show. But Dear Tommy has been a long time coming, and now Black Walls reminds us exactly why we’re going to be a forever fan of the band. Dark droopy synthpop and ominous italo-disco exude morbidly romantic, sweetly tortured vibes. As always, we lose ourselves in Ruth Radelet’s soft dreamy voice. We gladly stay there, lost in the Chromatics, as we wait for a definite release date for Dear Tommy.

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 25, 2018
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Have you ever wondered about re-incarnation, and what sort of life you used to lead if it existed? I have a feeling I must have loved music the last time I walked this earth, too, and I probably would have loved Step Rockets in that past life, too. The Minneapolis outfit brings those sentiments to life on their new single, Past Life, a vibrantly slick, potent throbbing synthrock anthem that we’re hoping heralds a whole new string of releases from the band. Past Life is available from iTunes, here.

April 24, 2018
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Though I no longer have a VHS collection at home (all of my movies are on DVD or Blu-ray), there is a bounteous selection of tunes from NYC trio VHS Collection that I will cherish forever. It’s obvious our love for the band will never go obsolete as the indie trio regales us with their latest single, One, a rambunctious outpouring of sleek pulsing electro-rock and beatific new wave. The sweeping, soaring single is an epic first release of 2018 for the ascending band, whom we’ve been praising for well over two years. VHS Collection hits the road in May with a stop in San Francisco at Popscene/the Rickshaw Stop on May 18th. Guess who’s going to be in attendance and already purchased a ticket? Learn more about the tour on their website, here.

April 18, 2018
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We’ve told the story countless times now, having shared so many of Mating Ritual’s songs over the past year or two. But let’s take a trip down memory lane anyway. Ryan Marshall Lawhon began the current project after he ended his last one, Pacific Air, with his brother. And we were sad when it happened… Very sad. But then Mating Ritual came along, and we fell in love again, and now all we can do is thank the stars that Lawhon has continued down this enthralling path. Plus, since the last time we’ve featured Mating Ritual, Lawhon has reunited with his brother, making this the very same duo that enamored us back in those Pacific Air days! Right now, Mating Ritual is preparing to release their second album Light Myself On Fire. Its title track is a jaunty, peppy prancer with contagious oh-ohs, Future Islands-like waggish synths, and a whole lot of scratchy vocal vigor. Light Myself On Fire is the third track Mating Ritual has unveiled from the new 9-track album which will arrive on May 4th via the band’s own label Smooth Jaws. Catch them on tour with Penguin Prison this spring. They’ll close out the tour in San Francisco on June 23rd at Brick + Mortar. For more details, visit their website, here.

April 11, 2018
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Pills, in the traditional sense, are meant to make us feel better or overcome maladies of a wide variety. When it comes to chasing away the blues and lifting my spirit, SKIES is a fine choice of a sonic “pill”. The Kent based UK duo more than enthrall and dazzle with their latest release, a resplendently crafted synthrock and alt pop anthem named Pills. Vigorous electronic elements and rip roaring guitars add to Pills’ kinetic appeal, while SKIES’ impassioned vocals draw me in, as they always tend to do. Watch SKIES’ music video for Pills below. The single will be on SKIES’ next EP, ‘X’, out June 1st. You can pre-order via Apple Music (and get Pills instantly), here