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FIAT LUX Saved Symmetry

37 years is a long time to wait for a debut album, but with Wakefield’s FIAT LUX, it has been worth it. Singer Steve Wright and multi-instrumentalist David P Crickmore released their magnificent first single ‘Feels Like Winter Again’ in 1982. In total control of their destiny, Wright and Crickmore relaunched FIAT LUX in 2017 with a re-recording of ‘Secrets’, before setting about producing an album of all-new material, now unveiled with the wonderfully alliterate title of ‘Saved Symmetry’. Continue Reading ›

TEC’s 25 21ST CENTURY SYNTH COVERS

“The medium of reinterpretation” as HEAVEN 17 and BEF’s Martyn Ware once put it, is still very much present in the 21st Century. However, a newish phenomenon of covering an entire album has appeared in more recent years So as a follow-up to TEC’s 25 Classic Synth Covers’ listing, here is a selection taken from reinterpretations recorded from 2000 to the present day, restricted to one song per artist moniker and presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›

This Occupation: The Legacy of CHINA CRISIS

Liverpudlian duo CHINA CRISIS are probably the most under rated band of their generation. Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon formed the band in 1979 as they were leaving school. Caroline International reissue the first three Virgin era albums ‘Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain’, ‘Working With Fire & Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume 2’ and ‘Flaunt The Imperfection’ as expanded deluxe CD editions including band’s superb B-sides and BBC Radio sessions. Continue Reading ›

A Short Conversation with VILLA NAH

villa-nahfriendFinnish duo VILLA NAH have returned after a five year hiatus. With their recently released second album ‘Ultima’, Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä have reminded the general public as to why they wowed audiences who saw them open for OMD in 2010. ‘Ultima’ undoubtedly comes over as a more varied and mature musical statement. Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä chatted about the genesis of the album and its influences, both musical and technical. Continue Reading ›

VILLA NAH Ultima

villa-nah_ultimaHaving released one of the best electronic pop albums of 2010 in their debut ‘Origin’, Helsinki’s VILLA NAH went quiet after a well-received UK tour supporting OMD. But childhood friends Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä are now back after a five-year hiatus. ‘Ultima’ sees the duo and Hulkkonen present an escapist soundtrack for a Nordic summer, swathed in dreamy synthesizers. While Paalosmaa’s vocals are as forlorn as ever, there is a cautious air of optimism too. Continue Reading ›

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