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Freedom Shapes have given Synthpop an Avant-Garde Twist with “You and Me”

Synthpop doesn’t come much more off-the-cuff than Freedom’ Shapes latest endearingly Avant-Garde single You and Me which dropped on July 4th. The LA-based artist embarked on their solo career after they were awarded 700 loop pedals through a lawsuit with Guitar Center. If that isn’t enough to give you pedal envy, I don’t know what is. Freedom Shapes found the perfect use for all 700 pedals by connecting them to the flute and using it in the insanely electric track You and Me.

As for what You and Me means, Freedom Shapes left it open to interpretation and allows the listener to find their own meaning. It’s part love song, part psychological thriller, so let your mind run as wild.

Stylistically, their eccentric amalgamation of Surf Pop Rock and Synthpop gives the sound of Dick Dale and the Beach Boys a brand-new analog sound. With the vocals switching between deadpan ominous versing and Psych Pop harmonies, Freedom Shapes created a track that even the Residents would approve of. We can’t get enough of it either. Hit play and delve into the indulgent absurdity which awaits.

You can check out the official video to Freedom Shapes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Cub\cub has captured the alienating chaos of lockdown in their feat of Ambient Electronica “False Spring”

Leeds, UK Artist and producer Cub\cub took a unique approach with their COVID-19-inspired latest release “False Spring”. The ambient soundscape captures the chaos and alienation with poignant precision.

With the hazy vocal whispers ethereally floating above the stylishly dreamy synths which carve quiescently consoling melodies, finding resolve in False Spring is all too easy.

As a fellow nihilist, I have to applaud Cub\cub’s tendency to orchestrate mixes containing optimism and hope while never leaving out the relatable dread and fear which resonates in their atmospheric sound.

You can indulge in the smooth ambience of False Spring yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Indie artist Felix Fontes has revisited the Alt 90s sound with their eccentric new single “Yikes”

Alt-Indie artist Felix Fontes may have taken a playful approach to the production of their latest single “Yikes”, but there’s a serious amount of infectious magnetism to the eccentrically quaint single.

Yikes is a track which will simultaneously leave you endeared and in awe at the off the cuff ingenuity which Felix Fontes will regularly throw your way. With nuances of Indie, Funk, Soul, Disco and Rock, there’s a dynamic and expressive feel behind the soundscape. And rest assured, you’ve never heard quite like this before.

With the sonic synth lines and soaring psychedelic blues riffs, Yikes is an insanely immersive track to delve into. I have a feeling that any fans of Pavement are definitely going to want this sticky sweet earworm on their playlists. Reminiscences of the Alt 90s sound may be present, but Alt-Indie doesn’t come much more stylistic than this.

You can check out Felix Fontes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surrender your senses to Darth Athena’s high-energy Trance mix Polyzap

Atlanta-based EDM artist and producer Darth Athena has recently dropped their most entrancing track to date, Polyzap.

It wasn’t long before the high-energy futuristic mix quickly garnered plenty of acclaim from Techno, Tech House and Trance fans alike. Even without clubs to hit, the galvanising track became a playlist staple for anyone looking for a rhythmically hypnotic track to sink into.

The style, structure and execution of the extended-length are typical from what you can expect from Darth Athena, but with Polyzap, they created their most distinctive and daring track yet. Between the euphoric build-ups and the all to satisfying breakdowns, you’ll find doom-laden sonic synths amongst a myriad of other effects and sci-fi vibes which combine to ensure that listening to Polyzap is a full-body experience.

You can check out Polyzap for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Komputer Kid – Summer Again: Infectiously Euphoric 80s-Inspired Synth Pop

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Embrace the nostalgias of summers past with up and coming artist Komputer Kid’s synthy glitchy 80s Synth Pop hit “Summer Again”.

The infectious melodies will leave you a pretty stubborn perennial earworm and plenty imagery of 80s dancefloors where big hair and dayglo spandex reigned supreme. It may be lyrically light, but that just leaves your mind with more room to explore the transcendent track which pulls in nuanced infusions of Chiptune.

The Alt-Pop euphoric danceable hit may not be everyone’s cup of tea with their retro take, but anyone who appreciates an old school analog vibe in a modernistic high-vibe production will definitely appreciate the sound which Komputer Kid distinctively offers.

You can check out Komputer Kid’s single Summer Again for yourselves via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast