Category Archives: synth-pop

Scene and Heard – CCCXXXII : Losing Our Control –  Astronomique (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Somewhere near the point where 80’s soft, focus pop meets modern synth-driven indie, where swirling dream-pop meets ambient, late night dance, you find Astronomique and Losing Our Control, a seamless blend of commerciality and cultish cool, of past pop peaks … Continue reading

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April Towers release One Night ahead of new album

Recorded at Soho’s legendary Dean Street Studios (in the same room David Bowie recorded Diamond Dogs) over the course of last year, the album was co-produced by the band along with respected electronic artist/DJ Ben Pearce, mixed by Nathan Boddy … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCV : Land of Clouds  – Yaman Palak (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Land of Clouds is one of those songs that underlines the power of the digital music revolution. There was a time when synthesisers and samples, music created from non-analogue sources, sounds drawn from the ether rather than for physical dexterity … Continue reading

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Anthologised by Cherry Red –  Spray (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You can probably tell from the title that the song comes from a slightly tongue in cheek place. A song about a band with some success back in the day – magazine coverage, the obligatory NME crucifying review, liner notes … Continue reading

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Dark Day Afternoon –  Timothy Dark  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Lead single She Put a Spell on Me is funky stuff for sure. Steeped in 70’s funk ethic, the excessive and effortless groove of 80’s Prince and fusing R&B, rock guitar and hip-hop rap and flow, it wanders between the … Continue reading

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Headlights –  LegoHeads (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop is a broad term. It’s probably an unnecessary one too. But for every throwaway, mainstream rehash of the genres’s golden age, you stumble across something a lot more clever. Headlights falls very squarely into the latter category. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

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Wild Insane  –  Vandal Moon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

They say never judge a book, or in indeed a record, my its cover, but occasionally it is exactly the right thing to do. Take the cover of Wild Insane where we see, presumably one of the duo, looking like … Continue reading

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Physical Business – Stonerpop (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to listen to electro-pop and try to draw a thread back to earlier post-punk pioneers. But choosing to wield synths as your musical weapons of choice doesn’t make you Depeche Mode, in the same way that painting … Continue reading

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Strange Stubborn Proud –  ELYXR (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Electro-pop never goes out of fashion because pop, by its very nature never goes out of fashion. Some things never age, an addictive vibe and infectious groove a solid beat, if you have that, you can’t go far wrong. And … Continue reading

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Dark Dark Horse premier And Then We Had Nothing At All

Today, Dark Dark Horse have premiered their beautiful new video for ‘And Then We Had Nothing At All’ at Clash, where it was described as “Every bit as beautiful as the track itself, it’s an absorbing, cinematic listen“. On the … Continue reading

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