Posts Tagged ‘synthrock’

February 15, 2018

Makeness maketh us eagerly step in sync with his new single, Stepping Out Of Sync and its fresh music video, too. The slick pumping track comes from the Scottish producer’s just announced debut album, Loud Patterns, arriving this April on Secretly Canadian. Stepping Out Of Sync is a euphoric torrent of ravishing beats and opulent synths. The upbeat number reminds us of Foals’ dance rock gone RÜFÜS DU SOL house. For another taste of Makeness’ wonderfully enthralling electronica, stream prior single Day Old Death, below. 

February 10, 2018

Youngblood Hawke will never lose our trust, not after the Southern California based band has enamored us for so many years with their vibrant and upbeat indie pop and indie rock, as well as an excellent debut album in 2013 named Wake Up. It’s taken awhile for them to return to our open arms with new music, but they’ve finally released a new single co-produced by The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart, too. Trust arrives ahead of a new EP coming this spring, and it’s everything we love about this band and their electro-tinged alt pop. Trust is a hearty springing, synth swinging spectacular, part The Wombats, part Passion Pit, and 100% exhilarating. Sam Martin of Youngblood Hawke says: “We wrote ‘Trust’ during a time when we were craving independence.  We had just left our label and while it was exciting to be out on our own again, it was also somewhat unsettling.  The song became a constant reminder for us to stay true to our vision and to have faith in the process; that very same vision we formed early on recording in a tiny bedroom studio.  ‘Trust’ is about fervently following your passion even if that means stepping into the unknown.” Grab the single, here.

February 9, 2018

It was not so long ago that we stumbled upon an intriguing new band who call our favorite town of Berkeley home.The moment we heard vverevvolf’s insanely infectious debut, Cruel Games, we were hooked. And we were fortunate enough to get to see them perform their music live at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco soon afterwards, too. They dazzled us with their vigorous energy and a bevy of high voltage alt pop and synthpop anthems. Fast forward to this week, and the band is teasing the arrival of a debut EP as well as thrilling us with their latest single, Lemonade, which comes with a music video shot on that momentous evening at Popscene. I’m brought right back to that fateful night by the prismatic video, amazing stage lighting and twirl worthy verve included. Lemonade is an uplifting and mellifluous electro-pop treat. Its pulsating synths and punchy rhythm evoke CHVRCHES, but vverevvolf isn’t purely an electronic pop band. They also emit much synthrock spunk and zest, which at times, reminds us of PVRIS, too. vverevvolf’s first EP Electric Blue arrives tomorrow, February 9th, and they’ll be playing their next show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day. Bring your beau, bring your bae, bring your best friend, or just bring yourself (solo show outings are great!), and prepare to dance yourself silly to this charismatic new band’s animated stage presence and vibrant music. You can pre-order Electric Blue via Bandcamp, here.

February 8, 2018

Two days… That’s how much longer we have to wait before dashing Liverpudlian lads The Wombats release their new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. As if we aren’t already wildly excited about the record (after spinning about in joy to vivacious offerings like Lemon To A Knife Fight, Cheetah Tongue, and Turn), the band ramps up our enthusiasm with new reveal Black Flamingo, an audacious and energetic synth laden alt rock anthem just as infectious as the prior songs we’ve heard off the new album. The Wombats are poised to take the year by storm with their new album, obviously bursting with offerings rife with lush synths and anthemic choruses. Pre-order Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, here. Catch The Wombats on tour this summer. 

February 8, 2018

I know I’m rather late to the game, but I finally had my first VR experience over the weekend with my friend’s Oculus Rift, and it near blew my mind. It’s rather fitting that We Are Scientists have made their return with a VR inspired music video for their first new tune in awhile. The California duo, who first formed nearly two decades ago in Berkeley, will be releasing their new album Megaplex on April 27th via 100% Records. ‘One In, One Out’ is our first taste of the veteran band’s next full length, a rambunctious driving new alt anthem that sees Keith Murray and Chris Cain dipping their feet into a more electro-pop and synthrock influenced sound. Find out more about We Are Scientists’ forthcoming album on their website, here.

February 3, 2018

Our long time California loves, The Mowgli’s, whom we last caught live at IDI0T Fest in Mountain View last summer, are back with their bright and luminous sun-kissed alt rock on Real Good Life. The song comes with a nationwide tour announcement, too! What a good life, indeed. The SoCal band delivers an unabashed celebration of existence on their summery prancer, a vivacious cross between electro-pop and rock reminiscent of American Authors gone Grouplove. The “Real Good Life” tour starts at the end of this month, and it’ll see the band stepping back to smaller stages to test songs and regain an intimate connection with fans. Find out more on their website, here. Purchase/stream their high spirited new single, here.

February 2, 2018

Oakland native Arieh Berl continues to garner growing success with his solo project Pink Skies since his debut ‘Start. End’ half a year ago. In fact, attention has been so swift that some congratulations are in order. The multi-faceted musician, who’s also a member of local indie band Fever Charm, has signed his first record deal with HW&W Recordings, and he’s gearing up to drop Pink Skies’ first EP on the label later this year. Tonight, we groove out to the first single off the EP, an infectiously pumping psychedelic dance and electro-rock song named Reflections. Though we’re still much infatuated with Pink Skies’ prior singles and even his cover of 6LACK’s Gettin’ Old, there’s no doubt that Reflection is his best song to date. It prances and sashays with satin chic aplomb, like Electric Guest meets Broken Bells with extra pizzazz and spring. You’ll be hard pressed not to swing your hips and wag your head to the gallant rhythm of this flashy glittering, wavy rolling tune. Keep up with Pink Skies’ releases on Soundcloud, here, while we await further news regarding his self-titled debut EP.

February 2, 2018

I’m ebulliently bouncing in my seat right now to the latest from Sego. The Los Angeles based duo deliver some foxy art rock and synthrock on Cigarette Kids with a wry drawl. It’s a droopy curling, whimsically dallying delight of epic proportions. We almost feel like the titular characters, coolly hanging out on the neighborhood corner, playfully tousling each others’ hair and tapping our feet to the boombox we’ve brought along with us. Cigarette Kids is a hazy distorted trip to suburbia, where it provides an escape from the ever mundane. It’s Arcade Fire from The Suburbs gone warped and psychedelic, heady and contorted. Stream Sego’s prior singles via Soundcloud, here.  

January 31, 2018

A fierce fiery eruption of pop explodes on Wolf, an 80s inspired display of pulsing splendor from Toronto artist DYLYN. Gwendolyn Lewis, the singer songwriter behind the project, first captured our adoration last year with her official debut, Mimosa. It’s more than obvious pop bangers are her forte now that she’s inundated us with more of her high voltage, sultry broiling pop and rock. It’s almost as if she’s living proof of physic’s law of inertia. There’s no stopping DYLYN when it comes to her swift pulsing, robust whirring music. DYLYN explains of her new single: “Wolf was the aftermath of a shitty breakup and my family divide. It was as if the universe was telling me to rebel and revert to autopilot. Shutting my feelings off for a little while was a much easier way to live – misery loves a hot guy.” Wolf is the latest single from DYLYN before she releases her much anticipated debut album next month. 

January 31, 2018

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.