Tag: synthpop

The Matinee March 14th

The Matinee March 14th

The Matinee March 14th traverses the globe for some cool, new music. Eight countries are represented today, and some of these artists are currently at SXSW.   Calvin Love – “Sugar Hives” (Edmonton, Canada) RIYL: John Lennon, Leif Vollebekk, Cameron Avery It’s time to start referring Calvin Love as a genius. The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter has an incredible way with words, […]

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Saturday Sampler October 22nd

Saturday Sampler October 22nd

Saturday Sampler October 22nd offers another ten-course meal of new music. There are songs that sizzle, some that offer a nice sweet finish, and others that will explode your senses.   Audio Visual – “Running To Stand Still” (remake) (Hattiesburg, MS, USA) RIYL: U2, Rhye To kick things off on the Saturday Sampler, we share a remarkable remake of a […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 28

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 28

Today’s new music cocktails are a bit darker and moodier than usual. These five artists offer something refreshing that will take your breath away. Let’s get things started with some vintage-inspired New Wave from an unlikely place.   Black Arcade – “Severed Lies” (Lexington, KY USA) RIYL: New Order, The Cure, Editors New Wave nostalgia has never felt fresher or more relevant than […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails, where this week’s focus is on powerful female vocalists. Four of the six singles feature talented women whose voices will knock your socks off, if you’re wearing any. So sit back and brace yourself for the intensity that’s coming your way. Let’s get started with a particularly amped-up single that will energize […]

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The return of Cosmicide

The return of Cosmicide

I’ve griped a fair bit over the last decade or so about the way so many artists have continued to slavishly recycle 1980s vintage synth pop. I’ve even gone so far as to suggest an all-out moratorium on the stuff. Brandon Curtis, the driving force behind The Secret Machines, has forced me to re-think that. What’s been heard so far […]

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Priest – “Priest”

Priest – “Priest”

Originally known as x Priest x when they first formed back in 2013, Madeline Priest and David Kazyk released a pretty great EP, Samurai, a four-track album of chillwave and electronic. Since that time, they’ve changed things up. First, they decided to drop the x’s from their name and simplify it to just Priest, possibly due to people insinuating the […]

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Lower Dens – “Escape From Evil”

Lower Dens – “Escape From Evil”

March 2015 has been an absolutely incredible month for new music, and its final day has its fair share of amazing records set for release. One of those albums is Escape From Evil, the third album from Baltimore’s Lower Dens. This is Jana Hunter and crew’s first album since 2012’s Nootropics. Escape From Evil was produced by Chris Coady, Ariel […]

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Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

It never fails that literally the week after the SXSW festival, a new band is discovered and of course they were just at the festival. Yukon Blonde is one of those bands. Yukon Blonde first assembled in Kelowna, British Columbia as Alphababy and later reinvented themselves as Yukon Blonde in 2008. They have released two previous albums – their self-titled debut […]

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Mundo Musique: KYIKI – ‘One’

Mundo Musique: KYIKI – ‘One’

KYIKI is Ellie Fletcher, a vocalist with Crystal Fighters and the band has been extensively touring for the past four years. Fletcher has recently had a break from touring and now comes through with her new solo project, KYIKI. Her debut track ‘One’ has sweeping and melodic vocals that are backed by dark synths and expansive basslines. Her addition into the synthpop genre is […]

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Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Today’s feature focuses on two stylish, synth-dream-pop bands to keep an eye on in 2014.  Both dabble a bit on the darker side of the genre, but in a way that is accessible and atmospheric. GEMS Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher form the duo GEMS, the Washington, D.C.-based band that has been receiving a lot of buzz among music […]

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Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

I’m a stickler for atmospheric, chillwave, synth-pop, which I like to simply call “escapism” – music that just makes you close your eyes and think of a world that doesn’t exist, lifts you up, and at the end puts a smile on your face.  Ok, maybe that’s just me. To put you in my frame of mind, we commence the […]

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