If you describe your influences as the “softer” side of synthpop and cite NIK KERSHAW, HOWARD JONES, YAZOO, HEAVEN 17, together with ABBA and ELO as your inspirations and have been making popular synth music since 1983, the good chance is that your name is VAL SOLO.
‘Songs From Another Time...And Space’ can be best described as a younger brother to the UK’s own KID KASIO, where the prevailing love affair with the synth during its most prolific era is the theme. Continue Reading ›
During their ‘Star Trek’ careers, both William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy made various excursions into the musical world with mixed responses.
But one noted musical offshoot inspired by the long running franchise were a bunch of Swedes who traded under the moniker of S.P.O.C.K. Predominantly based around the cult of ‘Star Trek’, 'Five Year Mission’ appeared in 1994. Continue Reading ›
Formed in 1980 in Sweden by Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko, PAGE marked the entry point of synthpop into the Nordic country, leading to decades of producing the best pop acts in Europe.
Returning with their new album 'Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut', which translates as "There's No Beautiful World But It Happens To Look Like That", the veteran boy / girl combo ensure that they are still very valid, even 37 years on. Continue Reading ›
Like Germany and the UK, Sweden has an established history in electronic music. With a melodic tradition rooted in traditional Nordic folk music and the region’s long dark nights causing bouts of melancholy, the Swedes are more than well suited to stay indoors and further the art of synthpop.
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 SVENSKA SYNTH SONGS… Continue Reading ›
The Swedish synthpop band PAGE have a long history in making music and have a cult following at home in Sweden. The two band members Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko first started playing together in 1980 and released their self titled debut album in 1991.
They made a comeback with their last album 'Nu' (Now) in 2010. 'Hemma' contains of 11 songs and one remix. The sound is very much familiar and PAGE like but yet so fresh and up to date. There are also a lot of influences from schaffel to disco. Continue Reading ›