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Oriion Revives 80s Synth Pop with Contemporary Euphoria with Latest Single “Nothing at All”

Up and coming Berlin Pop artist Oriion has recently dropped their latest Synth Pop hit “Nothing at All” just in time for us to adopt the retro brand of euphoric sun-soaked Pop onto our Summer playlists.

Expect layers of mesmeric synth and intricately weaving drum patterns sitting in a stylistic polished, progressive and danceable mix. Even though Nothing at All has a slightly vintage feel with the 80s Pop influence, Oriion has irrefutably made the sound his own with the unrestrained passion which was poured into the energetic mix which could have only ever have been born in Berlin. Yet, Nothing at All is so much more than you’re average Pop hit with the complex lyrical narrative which asks you to explore the consequences of the decisions made in pursuits or rejections of passion.

You can check out Oriion’s latest single Nothing at All for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Synth Pop Meets Indie with Crash Adams’ Debut Single “Astronauts”

If you could imagine a mash-up between the Editors, and the 1975, you might get an idea of what up and coming artist Crash Adams has alchemically cooked up with their debut single “Astronaut”.  The single keeps the perfect balance between polished Indie Pop and slightly moody Synth Pop, yet, the beat in the progressive track almost constantly transgresses leaving you constantly hooked into the seamless evolutions of the beat. Straight from the prelude, every cell in your body knows that Astronaut isn’t a track to be listened to half-heartedly, the deep reverberant rhythms practically command attention, and you’ll be more than willing to give it.

It’s by no exaggeration are we calling Crash Adam’s debut single as one of the most promising. It’s accessible, it’s euphoric, and it’s well worth a spot on your playlists.

You can check out Crash Adam’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fiction – Electric Bay: Darkwave Synth Pop Morose Enough to Enamour Editors Fans

I may be slightly biased, but any Synth Pop artist taking inspiration from the likes of Editors, New Order, Depeche Mode and the Chemical Brothers are never going to make soundscapes which fall flat.

“Electric Bay” by up and coming electronica duo Fiction was yet another prime example of how through darkwave synthpop melancholia and vibrancy can be channelled simultaneously to create a compelling, energetic tonality which doesn’t resonate as in-your-face euphoria.

Instead, Electric Bay is an invitation to the jaded to find catharsis within the morosely energetic melodies which lead up to choruses that even misomaniacs would want to lose themselves in.

There’s the perfect amount of lyrical depth behind the single, they sit neatly in the mix the synth lines never become overshadowed, there’s also plenty of room for the guitar work to carve out compelling edges in the style of Interpol.

You can check out Fiction’s single Electric Bay for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Klashing Black Serve up Synth Pop Experimentalism with Latest Single “In a Spin”

With their latest single “In a Spin” up and coming artist Klashing Black cooked up a potent blend of futurism combined with elements of the past.

If recent decades have taught us anything, it is that Synth Pop is one of the most malleable genres there is, there are always contemporary sounds to contort from the soundscape. With In a Spin, the up and coming artists added porous acoustic basslines to a light, yet still immersive sonic mix which is sure to enamour any fans of Shiny Toy Guns and other contemporary Synth artists. No matter how the sound progressed throughout the mix there was still a mellifluous resonance carried with each note; made even sweeter by how the vocals sat perfectly within the melody.

In a Spin was just one of the tracks from Klashing Black’s album “Who We Were. Who We Are”, you’ll want to check it out in full to really appreciate the refreshing offer of emotive synth energy.

You can check out Klashing Black’s latest single In a Spin out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Centre Excuse – Thank You: Soulfully Euphoric Synth-Pop

Squeezing euphoria out of a synth without it resonating as cheesy is a mark of achievement that not many Synth-Pop artists manage to make on their career. Yet, Centre Excuse’s latest single “Thank You (For Moving Me Up) hits all the right notes to create a stylistically upbeat mix which is more likely to become your new earworm rather than your new guilty pleasure.

Around the UK based act’s perceptibly deft instrumental command, they also have unique energy which strips sterility from a synth-led soundscape thanks to Indie feel to the vocals. While there’s a touch of reminiscence to artists from decades past, the contemporary vibrancy of Centre Excuses style is undeniable. Each of the progressions in Thank You which was released on February 25th, 2019 treats you to a new danceable wave of aural ecstasy.

You can check out Thank You from Centre Excuse for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. Make sure to give them a follow, they’ll be dropping their album “Please Don’t Cry Those Tears” June 17th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Pits Planet Earth – Subhuman: Eccentrically Sublime Future Synth Pop

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I had an inkling that I would become enamoured by an artist going by the title of The Pits Planet Earth. Their latest single release “Subhuman” only took the first verse to affirm that I was correct in my assumption. The intelligent ingenuity of the lyrics hit me at the same time as the constantly evolving soundscape which left me constantly guessing where next seamless switch up would leave soundtrack.

With the dual vocals mixing Stevie Nicks style sensuous female vocals with hyped male Pop Rap bars, it’s safe to say my attention never waned as I listened to the futuristic synth lines feed into the hype of this feel good mix which had the faintest hint of existentialism wrapped into the lyrics.

You can check out the official video to The Pits Planet Earth’s latest single Subhuman for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Strawberry Friend – I Was the Problem: Psychedelic Synth Pop

When’s the last time you tuned into Alaskan Art Pop? If it’s been a while, or this will be your first experience, there is no better introduction than Strawberry Friend’s latest single “I Was the Problem”. Expect a spacey, wavy, and synthy mix that is absolutely not for the faint of heart. But if you have a penchant for eccentricity in sonic soundscapes, then you’re bound to find plenty of reasons to fall in love with this single.

While it would seem that there is plenty of sobering sentiment in the single given the title, you can expect the lyrics to be fractured amongst the constantly evolving mix of acoustic and electronic effect. Given that I Was the Problem runs for under two minutes, that’s an incredibly impressive feat! But while the lyrics are audible they bring harmony to the layers of Sci-fi chaos. Enjoy elements of 60s Psychedelia amongst contemporary experimental Electronica.

You can check out Strawberry Friend’s latest single I was the Problem for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Feathers – Let the Chaos Feed my Evolution: Your New Synth Soundtrack to 21st Century Existentialism

Bringing salacity to Synth Pop is the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Feathers who pairs together sniping lyricism with veraciously stylised beats. I’ve never been as excited for a drop as I was checking out Let the Chaos Feed my Evolution; the latest track by the breaking artist which was released on February 3rd. The bass-driven beats constantly feed energy into the mix and the break may be subtle but finding yourself in a sticky-sweet melodic chorus never gets old.

Feathers might have found her voice in Queer piano bars, but it’s instantly perceptible that with her uniquely ingenious lyricism, magnetic vocal style and ability to put together an immersive Industrial-laced Alt Rock beat she was made for much bigger things.

Let the Chaos Feed my Evolution may be a dancefloor filler, but with Feathers’ magnetic personality entwined in the mix consider it to be an essential multipurpose hit for your playlists.

You can check out the latest track from Feathers for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Promenade Cinema Live Review: The Ethereally Cinematic Evolution of Synth Pop

Ritual Noise, Lancaster, February 9th, 2019

Synth Pop has taken many forms since the pioneers started to lay down the synth lines, but the under the deft hands of Promenade Cinema their hauntedly striking soundscapes resonate with absolute distinction.

After hearing their debut album “Living Ghosts” and falling in love with the polished sound, there was the slight doubt that a live set would give that same cinematic indulgence which the duo is quickly becoming renowned for. The cynicism slipped away as the raw power of the vocals gelled with the melodies filling the room with their expressively magnetic sound.

With arrestive baritone vocals from Dorian reverberating around Emma’s harmonies the vocal texture allowed the candid lyricism to conjure darkly poignant imagery. Yet, unlike what you’ve grown to be accustomed to with darkwave, there’s a unique warmth with the Sheffield-based artist’s stylistic approach to their sound.

With the influence of 70s & 80s synth and film scores being fed into the undiluted emotion of their music comes with a flood of viscerally danceable euphoria. Promenade Cinema may lean on the inspiration from artists of decades past, but they’re still the safest hands for the evolution of Synth Pop to be in right now.

You can check out Promenade Cinema’s debut album Living Ghosts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or grab yourself a copy via Bandcamp.

Follow Promenade cinema on Facebook to stay up to date with new releases and tour info.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Up & Coming Artist Jophiel Releases her Debut Synth Pop Single “I Love You”

Up and coming artist Jophiel released their single “I Love You” on December 14th, 2018 and for any fans of Synth Pop, you might want to prick up your ears and put Jophiel on your radar for 2019.

With an intro which could contend with Kraftwerk’s iconic hit ‘the Model’ the track gets off to a solid start, and the soundscape carries on with plenty of depth throughout the mix thanks to the solid bassline of the electronic track. There’s no denying that Jophiel has the vocal ability, yet, it was fairly hard to find any synergy between the vocals and the melody of the beat which compromised the resonance of the sound. And for a track like this, I couldn’t help but think that it would have benefited by being shortened as in some parts it was easy to feel that it was drawn out. But that’s not to say that Jophiel doesn’t have the potential as a Pop artist, and it will be exciting to hear her musical evolution through 2019.

You can check out Jophiel’s synth masterpiece I Love You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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