2019 was a year of 40th Anniversaries, celebrating the synth becoming the sound of pop when ‘Are Friends Electric?’ reached No1 in the UK chart in 1979.
Despite the fall of The Berlin Wall 30 years ago, there were more evident swipes to the right than there had been for a long time, with the concept of Brexit Electro becoming a rather unpleasant reality. So in these more sinister times, the need for classic uplifting electronic pop was higher than ever. Continue Reading ›
Hayley Stewart and Jared Nickerson had a good thing going with DEAD ASTRONAUTS.
A self-confessed lover of Japanese culture, the Canadian songstress adopted the name of MECHA MAIKO and started creating little electronic gems, mixing sweet and poppy naive synth with the nostalgia of the classic era. 'Let's!' will surprise again and potentially steal the top spot for many this year. Continue Reading ›
London-based synthwave promoters Outland presented a rather happening triple bill for their second event of 2019 at Zigfrid von Underbelly.
Headlined by the undoubted Queen of Synthwave DANA JEAN PHOENIX and her feel good escapism with memories of youthful innocence, first loves and first disappointments, she was supported by rockwavers LEBROCK and neon synth kid KALAX. Continue Reading ›
Toronto based Glaswegian MICHAEL OAKLEY rode the Synthwave with his debut solo EP ‘California’ in late 2016. Admittedly more synthpop than Synthwave, Oakley’s songcraft was what set him apart from much of that Trans-Atlantic influenced movement.
His debut full-length offering ‘Introspect’ sees MICHAEL OAKLEY re-exploring the music of his teenage years. In particular, Oakley has studied that era's now retrospectively unique sound design. Continue Reading ›
Synthilicious ditties aren’t usually the thing of the colder climates of Toronto, but as far DANA JEAN PHOENIX is concerned, the Atari worthy tracks flow like liquid candy; pink and glossy, sweet and retro.
DANA JEAN PHOENIX offers feel good music that doesn’t have to be too serious and too complicated. With a European tour approaching and an Outland hosted event in London at Easter, The Electricity Club had the pleasure to chat with the Alternative Ice Maiden. Continue Reading ›