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Alt Synth Pop

Ondist – So Fragile: Soul-Swellingly Good Synthpop

So Fragile” is just one of the tenderly inviting contained on Electronica trio Ondist’s strikingly unique third album Electricity. All too often in Electronica, sentiments can feel a little synthetic, but So Fragile was never in danger of being unevocative. The vigorously high-vibe feel comes in equal measure through the undemanding yet entrancing Electronic beats and Maya Coppola’s distinctively alluring vocal timbre.

Once you look at the dynamic of Ondist, you may start to understand why their Synthpop sound is as eclectic as it is electric. Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, and Maya Coppola are located across Arkansas, New Zealand and New York. The fact this album was released almost feels serendipitous. It’s a collision of contrasting aural vision, you can practically hear the collaborative chemistry.

You can check out So Fragile via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Glasgow’s Carla J Easton brings her incredible energy and spellbinding style with ”Never Knew You”

Pop Music for Misfits is back with the always exciting singer-songwriter Carla J Easton on her new song called ”Never Mind”.

Carluke, Scotland is the home for the electric Carla J Easton who has been a member of the bands Futuristic Retro Champions and TeenCanteen. She is also currently is the keyboard player for The Vaselines while also pursuing a solo career, first under the name Ette and now under the name Carla J. Easton. Music is the heart and soul of this artist who’s vocals always makes you listen so close. She is so creative and her style is just a joy and filled with love.

Never Mind” from Scotland’s high-rising talent Carla J Easton is about wasting time with someone that you really fancied. It burnt for ages but you know that now it is off your mind and you have moved on. You have seen through the curtain and they showed you a side you won’t be a part of. This is the coming out party and you are ready to accept everything and not let this consume you.

Carla J Easton impresses yet again and makes you appreciate her wonderful talent. Synth-Pop filled ”Never Mind” deserves to be in ears all over the world as it’s one of the most delightful listens you will hear this year.

Stream this track from one of the creative artists around on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Tulsa’s The Ivy create new memories with synth-pop journey ”Memories”

Remembering those loving memories that made our heart happy can be a good and bad experience. You are grateful for them but you can also be quite resentful as they are laced by with a slice of sadness. The love is over and its time to heal and move one. Thinking about that special person for too long is very dangerous as it can consume you. Your sub-conscious can hold you back from unlocking the door to your pure happiness.

The Ivy are a synth-pop outfit from Oklahoma in the USA and they slide through the sparkling speakers with a glowing energy that screams quality. They are on the rise globally with over three hundred thousand listeners per month on Spotify which is very impressive. The band’s sound is pure, likable and super memorable. The story is all about remembering those incredible memories but also sparking your lighter to move on and create new ones and not to reminisce too much.

Memories” is one of the most joyful tracks I’ve heard all year and feel like this act are only flying upwards into the spectacular heights of mega fame.

Get this song and more right here on their Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Harbor Gents – Twisted: Funk-Fuelled Alt Synth Pop

There are very few breaking Pop artists who can match the instantly magnetic ingenuity in Harbor Gents’ latest single Twisted.

Through soul-spilling lyrics, evocatively resonant vocals and the layers of Funk, Hip Hop, and Avant-Garde added to the Synth lines, you’ve never quite heard a Pop track like Twisted before.

Despite the striking distinction which drips from Twisted, Harbor Gents ensured that the accessibility wasn’t diminished, the deftly crafted melodies will stick to your synapses like superglue.

Any fans of Gary Numan, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode will undoubtedly want to give this perennial Pop earworm plenty of attention. The Latvian artist is definitely one to watch. It isn’t every day that we discover an artist who creates a brand-new trajectory in the evolution of Pop.

You can check out Harbor Gents’ single Twisted for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

So So Sun – Paradise: Progressively Smooth Synthwave Indie

Instead of jumping on an existing trend with their third single “Paradise”, Indie Dance Pop act So So Sun established one of their very own by merging atmospheric Jangle Pop Indie with smoothly danceable EDM.

It’s a sticky sweet genre mash which should go down a treat for any fans of The Midnight and similar artists leading the vanguard of contemporary Synthwave pioneers.

Expect funky acoustic basslines, shimmering nuances of euphoria to spill from the synths, and a plethora of futurism as a courtesy of the digital effects, and of course, the jangly Indie Pop progressions. With vocals which are just as soulful and progressive as the instrumentals, Paradise comes incredibly highly recommended. Especially if you like to have your finger on the pulse of exceptionally distinctive up and coming artists.

You can check out So So Sun’s single Paradise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Neverkid has made their debut with the darkly retro Indie Pop hit “When it Comes to You”

Melbourne-based Indie Pop artist Neverkid has made their debut with the retro darkwave hit “When it Comes to You”. If you could imagine what the Midnight would sound like with a darker tonality, you’ll get a good idea of the alchemy which lingers between the deftly paced notes in When it Comes to You. But the true arrestive tendencies within Neverkid’s debut lie in the distinctive contrast between her poised and personable lyrics and the cold feel to the instrumentals.

Neverkid’s sound may be heavily influenced by 80s Synthwave artists, yet, it practically drips with contemporary appeal. Debut singles don’t come much more exciting than this. There aren’t many artists with the ability to put out radio-ready hits right from their inception, but perceptibly, Neverkid isn’t your average newcomer.

You can check out Neverkid’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Anion_Isle – Hexadecimals: Transfixingly Glitchy Synth-Led Electronica

If you appreciate synth lines which simultaneously offer 80s nostalgia while immersing you into a uniquely futuristic tonality, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Electronica artist Anion_Isle’s latest single “Hexadecimals”.

The simplicity of the structure of Hexadecimals makes the instrumental soundscape easy to delve into. And there’s plenty of heavy, glitchy synth kicks which create an aural minefield of hooks to make sure that the melody stays arrestive.

Even though Hexadecimals is on the slightly harsher side of Electronica, the single still offers transfixing meditative qualities. Anion_Isle clearly has plenty to offer the airwaves with his individualistic take on electronica. Hexadecimal is easily the most accessible track they’ve created; it’s going to be pretty exciting to see what comes next.

You can check out Anion_Isle’s latest single Hexadecimals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Goldielocks releases their latest pensively emotive 80s synth track “Dysphoria”

Dysphoria isn’t exactly the best feeling in the world. So, it came as no surprise that Goldielocks latest single “Dysphoria” ft. Elva Ray was a fairly pensive aural experience.

Usually, synth-laden EDM hits attempts to force-feed you euphoria, but with Dysphoria, Goldielocks wasn’t unsuccessful in creating a soundscape which accurately reflects the insidious disconcertment which comes along with doses of dysphoria.

Without a hint of shame, I’ll admit that I was choking back the tears by the time Dysphoria reached the outro. The Sydney, Australia-based artist and producer perceptibly has a deft ability utilise rhythmic pulses and ominous electronic effect to relay resonantly captivating melancholy. That may all sound a little bleak, but Dysphoria is still a stunning soundscape – especially with the inclusion of Elva Ray’s harmonically celestial vocals.

You can check out Goldielocks’ latest single Dysphoria for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dyme Hit the Ground Running with their Pensive Alt Synth Pop Debut “Wht.Yth”

There are very few artists who can hit you with such an immediate pensive veracity from the first time of listening as the British Alt Pop collective Dyme. Their debut single “Wht.Yth” gave no indication that they were fresh from their inception, instead the four-piece bands synergistically tight sound screamed maturity. And with the tracks which followed Wht.Yth their commercial potential continues to develop through their enviable ability to create the perfect hooks.

Dyme went beyond creating the usual dark and moody Synth Pop tonality with Wht.Yth along with the rest of their tracks. Instead, they poured raw organic emotion into the synth-led mix to give their soundscape a compelling edge with piercingly mesmeric melodies.

You can check out Dyme’s single Wht.Yth for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast