In 2015, ace Swedish synthesist Johan Baeckström made a call to arms, declaring that the ‘Synth Is Not Dead’. And now in 2018, he presents his ‘Utopia’.
Baeckström first came to prominence with DAILY PLANET, the synthpop duo he formed with Jarmo Ollila who released their debut album 'The Tide' in 1996. After a hiatus of 18 years, they returned with the album 'Two' while Baeckström began a parallel solo career a year later. Continue Reading ›
“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 ›
Once upon a time in 1994, the Canadian radio station Z95.3 FM played a song... The song was called ‘Everytime’. The listeners went nuts thinking it was the latest serving from ERASURE, but it wasn’t...
The band was called FRONT & CENTRE and the audiences in and around Vancouver marvelled at the track. Fast forward a few years and Matt Danforth, the musical brains behind FRONT & CENTRE returns as MATTHIAS with his mini album called ‘Line In’. Continue Reading ›
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, WHITE DOOR formed from the ashes of prog rock combo GRACE and released one critically acclaimed album ‘Windows’ in 1983. Led by the sensitive vocal presence of Mac Austin, he was ably backed by the Davies brothers Harry and John on synths.
With renewed interest in WHITE DOOR, Mac Austin kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about the band’s brief flirtation with the pop charts and guesting recently with DAILY PLANET. Continue Reading ›
Jarmo Ollila and Johan Baeckström formed Swedish synthpop duo DAILY PLANET back in 1994. A period of eighteen years spanned between their well-received debut album ‘The Tide’ and the appropriately named follow-up ‘Two’ released in 2014 by Progress Productions, home of the highly acclaimed KITE.
With their excellent third album 'Play Rewind Repeat' just released, Jarmo Ollila and Johan Baeckström chatted to The Electricity Club. Continue Reading ›