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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.

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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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Doula – “What This Game is All About”: Expressively Melodic Synth Pop

Synth Pop fans prepare to meet your new perennial earworm. The Danish up and coming artist has cooked up a synthy storm with his latest single “What This Game is All About”. Instead of going with the usual dark and moody approach Doula sought for an aural expression of genuine human emotion when he created his melodically arrestive single. Amongst the reverb-soaked synth, you’ll be treated to plenty of Funk and Groove from the pulls of the fuzzy bass beats. The upbeat vibe is further amplified by the charismatic vocals offered by Doula along with the vocals from Julie Boda’s who takes this track to the next level with her crystal-clear command of harmony.

You can check out Doula’s latest single What This Game is All About for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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