Like Germany and the UK, Sweden has an established history in electronic music.
So what’s so special about Sweden then? Listed chronologically from its UK perspective with a restriction of one song per moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 25 SVENSKE SYNTH SONGS… More Inside ›
Montréal’s RATIONAL YOUTH were founded in 1980 by synth enthusiasts Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn. Along with PSYCHE and MEN WITHOUT HATS, they were among the trailblazers for electronic music in Canada.
And now Cold War Night Life, the online magazine of electronic music and culture, has curated ‘Heresy: A Tribute To RATIONAL YOUTH’, a covers collection of the Canadian synth pioneers’ best-known songs. More Inside ›
The user manual for the Roland System 100 semi-modular synthesizer profoundly stated “there are no illegal connections…” - and in modern electronic music, that is still the case with the accomplished artists of today very much connected to the synth pioneers of yesteryear like KRAFTWERK, OMD, DEPECHE MODE and THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
2014 was a comparatively lean 12 months, but this year found many veterans returning to the fold. More Inside ›
While electronic music has now mutated into EDM and the modern variant of R’n’B, today traditional synthpop is a less common, but still much appreciated artform. But over in the Nordic basin, synthpop is alive and well. Flying the Sveriges flagga alongside KITE, KARIN PARK, IAMAMIWHOAMI, DAYBEHAVIOR and TRAIN TO SPAIN have been MACHINISTA.
The new album ‘Garmonbozia’ is a natural progression from their debut ‘Xenoglossy’. TEC spoke to MACHINISTA about their journey so far. More Inside ›
First spotted sharing a stage with PAGE and MACHINISTA at Cold War Night Life’s ‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ last March, promising Gothenburg synthpop duo TRAIN TO SPAIN are finally set to release their debut album.
Named after a lyric from THE HUMAN LEAGUE’s ‘The Things That Dreams Are Made Of’, although synthmeister Jonas Rasmusson has been making music for a while as TRAIN TO SPAIN, he subsequently met “a girl on a boat” and recruited the sultry Helena Wigeborg as vocalist. Combining their love of DEPECHE MODE and LADYTRON, the journey got underway again for TRAIN TO SPAIN. More Inside ›