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First in Flight – Never Alone: Vibrantly Infectious Synth Pop

First in Flight haven’t made it easy to fit their prodigally vibrant sound neatly into any given genre. Their latest single “Never Alone” which was released on December 7th and proves to be one of the most pioneering offerings of Synth Pop we’ve encountered in 2018.

The up and coming act blend elements of 80’s synth pop with experimentally sweet Jangle Pop indie and crunchingly deep guitar riffs to treat you to one hell of an up-vibe anthem. The dynamic range of the vocals is just one of the many reasons why Never Alone is the perfect introduction to their slick, stylish, sound. The instrumental arrangements may remind you of the soundtrack to the Never-Ending Story in part, yet, with the cataclysmic guitar outro the track finishes on, it seems promising that we haven’t heard the best from First in Flight yet.

You can check out the official video to First in Flight’s latest single Never Alone for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LEDA – Not a Love Song: Sonorously Sultry Synth Pop

Standing out in the contemporary Synth Pop genre is no easy feat. Yet, when we checked out LEDA’s latest single “Not a Love Song” it was instantaneously evident that she’s not just assimilating former soundscapes. She has her own sonorously sultry approach, and she’s running with it.

As the layers of reverb from the synth accompany acoustic instruments and digital effect a resounding, melodically paced work of aural alchemy was born. But is it a love song? Absolutely not.
the up and coming artist’s lyricism was able to paint a narrative of empowered solidarity which stood as testament to LEDA’s lyrical maturity. Her strength and command over tonality didn’t fail to register when it came to LEDA’s vocals either.

You can check out LEDA’s single Not a Love Song for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ozonna – So Good: Sun-Kissed Urban Synth Pop

Discovering up and coming artists such as Ozonna is what makes my job SO worthwhile. With his latest single ‘So Good’ he has already caught the attention of Urban Pop fans, we won’t be forgetting his sound in a hurry either.

With his latest single the London based Pop artist encapsulated the sound of summer to create a feel good beat which is so full of groove it’s impossible to not get lost within it. You may need a map to find your way out. So Good was produced and polished to absolute perfection by producer David Ezra to create a radio ready sound which I can guarantee fans of 90’s Pop will absolutely adore. Yet, So Good is so much more than your average synthesised track, the bassline mix in with the synth to give the track a grinding heartbeat around the harsh snares of the 80’s around the sporadically beautiful outbursts of the brass.

You can check out Ozonna’s latest single So Good which was released June 22nd, 2018 on SoundCloud now and whack it on your Summertime playlists! To keep up with Ozonna’s latest releases, head on over to Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ceylon Ceylon ft. Katie Addy – Havass: Funk-Soaked Experimental Synth Pop

If you didn’t think an organic soundscape could be born out of the Pop genre at this stage in the game, well, think again because Ceylon Ceylon’s latest collaboration with Katie Addy is as prodigally inspired as it gets.

With the inability to draw reminiscence to any other contemporary act on the scene to date I was left with no choice but to appreciate the latest single ‘Havass’ dropped by Ceylon Ceylon as it stands in a league of its own. One things for sure, you certainly don’t get don’t get to hear such jazz-soaked instrumentals in many contemporary Pop tracks. Their experimental genre mash definitely paid off; you may not hear a soulfully commanded saxophone being played in most mainstream Pop tracks, but let’s face it, that’s all a bit monotonous these days anyway. Whilst the vocals to Havass could have been a little stronger instead of getting lost within the up-vibe Funk-steeped track, I can’t help but strongly rate this track.

You can check out Ceylon Ceylon’s latest single Havass ft Katie Addy which was released in May, 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Winnie Ford – Breadcrumbs: Aurally Arresting Synth Pop

If Pop hooks, lush synths, and big drum machines are your thing, allow me to introduce you to Winnie Ford and her sensual sound which she created through her latest single Breadcrumbs.

You’d expect a Synth Pop artist to have an arresting vocal style, but Winnie Ford exceeds all aural expectations with her single and serves up a fresh new plateau of empowering catharsis. We’ve all been there and shared the sentiment of wishing someone would kindly take the nearest exit from our lives, you’d think it would be an easy enough request, but sadly not, at least it inspired the ethereally stunning track which is Breadcrumbs. There’s a beautiful sense of fragility in the vocals, yet none of the naivety which artists within the Synth Pop genre insist on carrying with them. Instead Winnie carries perfectly concordant vocal melodies which sit seamlessly against the synthesised Trap style beats which have been polished to absolute perfection.

You can check out the stunning official music video to Winnie Ford’s sensationally empowering Pop track Breadcrumbs on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Current Eternal – Best Ideas Forgotten: Sensuously Fresh Synth Pop

Any creative type will be able to resonate with the lyrics to this track, the best strokes of ingenuity always come in those moments before sleep when you tell yourself you will DEFINITELY remember that in the morning. Nope. Thankfully the idea behind Current Eternal’s latest track wasn’t forgotten.

The melodic beat offers the perfect mix to vibe out to and get lost within the rhythmic progression of the Alt Synth Pop artists contemporarily fresh style. There were a few glitches within the mix which took away from the fluidity of the track, but still, Best Ideas Forgotten is an overwhelmingly strong track that you just can’t help getting caught up with.

I’m ridiculously excited to see that the up and coming Alternative artist comes up with in his future mixes. You can join me in the appreciation of Current Eternal’s aural offerings by checking out the official music video to the new seriously sensuous single Best Ideas Forgotten via YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Calamari Ferrari – Fine: Making Synth Pop Sweet Again

Is there any more terrifying word in the English dictionary than ‘fine?’. I thought not. Thankfully, Calamari Ferrari’s latest single Fine is anything but scary.

The up and coming artist has brought Synth Pop into the 21st century with his decadent mix of electronic euphoria. By combining elements of EDM, Synth Pop, Trap and Indie he orchestrates soundscapes which very much deserve to be in the mainstream whilst bearing a reminiscence to no other contemporary act out there on the soundwaves at the moment.

Fine toes the line between a cathartic chill out track to vibe out to, and a euphoric Pop track, so in other words, whatever mood this track catches you in, it’s impossible not to appreciate the idyllically sweet composition. Calamari Ferrari may have a little of a ridiculous name, but his sense of humour stops there, through his latest single he proves that he’s nothing but serious when it comes to creating refreshingly organic synthesised anthems.

You can check out the official music video to Fine over on YouTube!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marc Baker – Common People: Nostalgically Sweet Synth Pop

As a massive Pulp fan, I found it hard to see who could get away with a track called Common People, but Marc Baker absolutely nailed it with his funk addled approach to Synth Pop.

His 80’s inspired, dreamy synth mix Common People was a little hard not to fall in love with as the track unfolds waves of nostalgia hit you at the same time as the recognition that Marc is more than just your average 80’s revival artist. The composition of his latest track which was brought out May 2018 may share the essence with some of the eighties most iconic synth bands, yet his style is irrefutably his own.

The solid bassline kept a steady rhythm from start to finish, the track progression used both digital and acoustic sound to create a soundscape that you really can’t fault. There are swathes of synth energy which swirl around the Jangle Pop guitars and all that’s without mentioning Marc Baker’s vocals which exude a high-vibe energy whilst keeping the reminiscence of artists such as New Order, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Human League.

You can check out the track for yourselves on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Chasing Deer – Another World: Evocatively Compelling Synth Pop

When music is jangly enough to leave a smile on your face it’s generally a sign that the soundscapes were harmoniously composed, instilled with passion and evocatively compelling. Which is exactly how I would describe the powerhouse of up and coming artists Chasing Deer.

There’s no wonder why there’s such a buzz about Chasing Deer’s sound after their release of their latest single Another World. Their electric rock sound takes you right back to the 80’s. However Chasing Deer have injected an infinitely more significant amount of soul into the genre to create one of the most uplifting energies I’ve heard in a long time from contemporary Synth Pop artists. The Bowie style of vocals is an absolute dream to listen to over such a nostalgically driven yet futuristically polished sound.

You can stream Another World along with the bands other singles released as part of Chasing Deer’s year long single campaign over on Spotify. They’ll be dropping a new single each month, so make sure to stay tuned! All of the artwork for their singles will be designed to raise awareness for British Sign Language, how cool is that?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Caleb Stewart – In Too Deep: Magnetically Melodic Contemporary Synth Pop

Caleb Stewart is an up and coming fresh new artist from Nashville, Tennessee, whose genre-hopping sensibilities has seen him become one of the best underground Pop artists on the scene today. His musical career began with his venture drumming in a folk band, somehow, he’s made a seamless progression into becoming an iridescently talented Pop star. However I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that his folk influence didn’t carry through to his debut track In Too Deep which was released in 2017. The track is a high-vibe mix of electric hooks and synthy melodies, yet, I can’t help but be a little disappointed for the lack of originality behind the sound. In Too Deep sticks very safely to the confines of the contemporary synthesised Pop arena. The young artist has already come so far with his music, I’d like to hear that reflected within his debut album. The allure of the plasticity may be pretty magnetic, but, I just can’t help but think Caleb Stewart is capable of so much more.

You can Check out In Too Deep on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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