When is synthwave not synthwave? When it’s synthpop of course and much of the best synthwave is actually pop. While a lot of synthwave just appears to be formless meandering instrumentals made by gamer boys with a Lamborghini fixation, the majority of the best exponents have been female and tune-based like NINA, MECHA MAIKO and DANA JEAN PHOENIX.
Looking to join that roll of honour is ROXI DRIVE, a talented West London based singer / songwriter with a crush on Ryan Gosling. Continue Reading ›
Michael Oakley is a talented Glaswegian who describes his music as “Melancholic postcards from my heart wrapped up in synthesizers and drum machines”.
His debut EP ‘California’ rides on the current craze for synthwave, which emerged following the cult acclaim for the neon-noir thriller ‘Drive’ in 2011 and its soundtrack. Since then, TV series like ‘Stranger Things’ and their stark backdrop of vintage electronics have maintained the synthwave propagation. Continue Reading ›
CHVRCHES have actually achieved what LITTLE BOOTS, LA ROUX, LADYHAWKE or HURTS never managed; a decent second album! And the best bit is, it’s a logical development of the first. None of this going house, disowning synths, rocking out or turning into SIMPLE MINDS nonsense!
Hallelujah! Here’s a synthpop band actually using synths and proud of it! The end result is more varied and possibly, even better than its predecessor. Continue Reading ›
It would be fair to say that Mute Records’ initial commercial success came on the back of Vince Clarke’s songcraft. First with DEPECHE MODE in 1981 and then YAZOO in 1982, Clarke demonstrated that Mute Records had some marvellous pop sensibilities. But it was in 1985 that he finally settled down and formed ERASURE with Andy Bell.
So what tracks would make up an imaginary twenty track double CD retrospective as an introduction to his work? Continue Reading ›
From Orlando come forth PRIEST, the slinky project of vocalist / keyboardist Madeline Priest and producer / guitarist David Kazyk. Forming in 2013, they soon developed a gorgeous Scandipop influenced sound. The dreamy ‘Samurai’ title track from their 2014 debut EP was wonderful honey coated bliss that recalled the best of Canadian contemporaries ELECTRIC YOUTH.
With their debut album soon to be unleashed, the pair have now released ‘The Game’ as a trailer. Developing on the shimmering sonics of ‘Samurai’ and with more six string texturing added too, Madeline Priest is wholly provocative; PRIEST most certainly have an alluring front woman. Continue Reading ›