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 ›
2019 was good for new music. The first two thirds of the year was particularly strong for up-and-coming talent, while a number of veterans returned to making music with synths for the first time in many years.
Inevitably, the quality of new releases couldn’t be sustained and things tailed off during the Autumn period. As per usual with a restriction of one song per artist moniker and presented in alphabetical order, these are The Electricity Club’s 30 SONGS OF 2019… Continue Reading ›
Maurice Ravel once said: “Whatever sauce you put around the melody is a matter of taste. What is important is the melodic line”.
What Lloyd Cole has always managed within his songs throughout his career, be it ‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Rattlesnakes’ or ‘Like Lovers Do’ is strong melodic lines. Coupled with his bittersweet lyricism, he has been one of the UK’s leading exponents of masterful glum rock. But for ‘Guesswork’, he has put synthesizers and drum machines into his textural palette. Continue Reading ›
From the same stable as VILLA NAH, SIN COS TAN and THE HEARING comes Marko von Konow. The flamboyant Finnish art rocker says he is all about contradictions.
With rousing avant pop melodies and dramatic orchestrations, the lead single ‘On A Hill’ from the new album ‘For All & None’ sonically echoes THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS classic favourite ‘Love My Way’ with its charming marimba hook. Continue Reading ›
LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS were the kings of Glum Rock. But for a 2015 German tour, Lloyd Cole announced: "I’m calling these shows LIVE ELECTRONICS, and I should be clear here – there will be none of my songs performed, I will not be singing at all, or playing guitar. My instrument will be my modular synthesizer, along with some effects units and maybe a keyboard."
Cole has been putting that modular knowhow into a song based format with a charming new synthy single 'Violins'. Continue Reading ›