Today, CHVRCHES are perhaps the nearest thing to the ‘Synth Britannia’ tradition and have proved that there is an international market for synthpop. But elsewhere, acts like YEARS & YEARS and EKKOES are being championed by the mainstream press as ‘synthpop’ when they clearly aren't.
These mis-sold products would surely be questioned under the Trade Descriptions Act, like PPI? It goes on, so what has happened to synthpop? Continue Reading ›
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. Continue Reading ›
This year’s TEC Panel Interview was a truly Trans-Atlantic event. As well as regular TEC contributors Monika Izabela Goss and Paul Boddy, there was Simon Helm, curator of the Nordic-friendly website, Cold War Night Life.
Joining the panel as part of a weeklong visit to the UK were LA based synthpop duo NIGHT CLUB. Pondering a series of questions about the state of the synth nation, it was a lively and forthright discussion... Continue Reading ›