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Tag: Vince Clarke (page 1 of 7)

JOHAN BAECKSTRÖM Utopia

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 ›

A Short Conversation with LADYTRON

Named after a wonderfully eclectic song from the first ROXY MUSIC album, appropriately it was Brian Eno who said that LADYTRON were “the best of English pop music”. Despite Eno’s description, one of the most distinctive aspects of LADYTRON is their diversity. With all systems go in the LADYTRON camp, Danny Hunt kindly took time out from the studio to chat to The Electricity Club about the new album, his favourite synths and his own career highlights. Continue Reading ›

ALKA The Colour of Terrible Crystal

Released in the Autumn on Vince Clarke’s Very Records, ‘The Colour of Terrible Crystal’ is the third album release by ALKA. Named after a quote from anarchist philosopher Peter Lamborn Wilson’s vast study of angels, the long player is the work of Bryan Michael. While ‘The Colour of Terrible Crystal’ is musically eclectic, it differs from his other ALKA work in that a pop element is omnipresent, a quality that can perhaps be attributed to the presence of Vince Clarke. Continue Reading ›

A Short Conversation with POLLY SCATTERGOOD

While best known as a solo artist signed to Mute, Essex songstress POLLY SCATTERGOOD recently won acclaim for her hauntingly spacey vocal in a new epic arrangement of ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ recorded with one of the song’s co-writers Bruce Woolley. With ‘Video Killed The Radio Star (Dark Star)’ riding high on the airwaves and the Vince Clarke remix of ‘Other Too Endless’ included on The Electricity Club’s upcoming compilation, POLLY SCATTERGOOD had a quick chat about her future plans… Continue Reading ›

DAILY PLANET Play Rewind Repeat

DAILY PLANET came into being when two Swedes, Jarmo Ollila and Johan Baeckström decided to form a synthpop band in 1994. Having released two noteworthy singles and a long player two years later, the band stopped. Surprisingly eighteen years on in 2014, the duo brought out an excellent comeback with 'Two'. But now DAILY PLANET are back with another surprising opus, which will turn heads and make folk reach for their dancing shoes. Continue Reading ›

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