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Kite: IV

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 03 2012
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Artist: Kite
Title: IV
Format: 12" vinyl + CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
This Swedish Electropop-duo follows again their own tradition: year by year they are releasing an EP consisting of 4 - 5 tracks and mostly available on CD and 12' vinyl formats. I'm not that sure, if Christan Berg and Nicklas Stenemo always know what they are doing musically, well, sometimes that can be seen with doubts. However, to me they are one of the most original sounding duos, which this music genre has to offer. With an obvious dedication to the Pop/Wave-era of the 80s, they are producing Synth-/Electropop music, which isn't that sugar-sweet and easy-to-consumable one would expect. There is additionally featured a sense to produce also uncomfortable sounds and bizarre song structures, which gets even more strengthened through their charismatic vocal performance. Sometimes they seem to be driven by insanity thanks to their unorthodox kind to produce music and to perform their vocals, but they still create a mood to let you again and again giving them some rotations - until the Kite-virus gets you! 'IV' offers to me their best tracks so far, especially the more catchy tunes like 'Step Forward' and 'Stand Back' are pure masterpieces. More is required ' when comes out number 'V'?

CHORDASHIAN: Don't Wait Up

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 01 2012
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Artist: CHORDASHIAN
Title: Don't Wait Up
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Formed by Brooklyn native Felix Feygin, Michael Banks and several friends, Chordashian just released their EP DON'T WAIT UP on Mullet Records. The digital EP contains three original tracks plus three remixes of the same tracks reworked by Downtown Party Network, Slow Hands and Sportloto. The first track of the lot is the "Don't Wait Up", has Michael Inge on lead vocals and he's perfect to give to the track the right funky soul touch that it needs as the band prepared for him a mix of synth arpeggios, bouncy bass lines, funky guitar riffs and spacey synth stabs. The following track is "Sea Crest", an instrumental tune characterized by analog synth pads, syncopated bass lines and funky guitar riffs. The instruments come and making it sounds like it was a nice remix and in this way they give to the track dynamic and space. The last original track is "The Jam", a sensual mid tempo with a nice synth work that prepare the field for guitar solos and piano chords. It would be nice used into a Miami Vice episode for its atmosphere. About the remixes, Downtown Party Network gave a touch of disco flavor to "Don't Wait Up" with 4/4 drum machine rhythms using handclaps and everything needed to make of it a party track. Slow Hands remixed "Sea Crest" making it turn into a atmospheric analog synth mid tempo keeping the guitar riffts and adding nice synth solos. Sportloto reworked "The Jam", which now sounds faster and a bit more disco.

TOBIAS BERNSTRUP: Sing My Body Electric

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 01 2012
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Artist: TOBIAS BERNSTRUP
Title: Sing My Body Electric
Format: Tape
Label: Other Voices Records
Rated: *****
SING MY BODY ELECTRIC is the newest Tobias Bernstrup album and it's his fourth one to date. Released on tape by the Russian label Other Voices, SING MY BODY ELECTRIC will be soon issued also on CD and white vinyl without two tracks: "Light Years Apart" and "A.S.F.R.". The first one has already been released, as well as "1984", "Enemies Of The Earth" and "Data Love" on the "1984" EP by Enfant Terrible in 2009. The album opens with a short introduction "Departure" and shows its value already with the second track "Dancing In The Shuttle", a vibrant electro pop song with a dancey flavor but with a bit of melancholy. "Can Play" follows the same path and it is able to please synthpop and italo disco lovers. The latter will be happy when they'll listen to the opening part of "Body Electric" as a synth arpeggio, synth stabs and a nice piano build the atmosphere of a sensual song. "Videodrome" is the first up tempo song of the album and it's there to be danced to along with the following "1984". "Light Years Apart" mix hard beats, synth arpeggios and synth melodies while Tobias sings: "We've reached the point of no return, your signal is weaker, your gravity's gone, I drift out of orbit, into the dark, away from you, tonight". "A.S.F.R." is another romantic mid tempo with dancey attitude which pairs with the following "Ugly Alone". "Roll The Camera" starts with a beat that is good to be danced by 80s b-boys but it grows into a great synthpop tune with cool melodies. "Data Love" is a classic italo influenced song with retro simmons pads taking care of the rhythm. "Enemies Of The Earth" is a mid tempo with light synth pads and bass line arpeggios where Tobias' deep vocals take the deserved attention. The album closes with "No Time To Die", a melancholic mid tempo where he duets with Miss Liz Wendelbo. This new album, in my opinion, is a huge step ahead for him because it still has a dance attitude but the songwriting is strong and catchy.

FORETASTE: Love On Demand

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 29 2012
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Artist: FORETASTE
Title: Love On Demand
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product
Rated: *****
I saw them live the last year and I checked some of the new tracks and I already knew that their next album would have been a good one, just like the old ones. Live they had nice videos running behind them and now, listening to Foretaste's LOVE ON DEMAND I recall them. On the album the tracks catch immediately the attention of the listener for their mix of dreamy vocals and powerful synth lines/bouncy rhythms. The album opens with a perfect way: an analog synth arpeggio coupled by a bass wobbling sound and a 4/4 bass drum/snare beat. Since from the song's titled, which is "Alone With People Around", we are introduced to the album's theme: our time's difficulties of sharing emotions with someone who's living with us. The song has a catch phrase that sums it up: "I'm living in a life where everything is fake, I drink away the pain but everything's the same". The following track is "Do What You Can", a really nice mid tempo tune where you can check the contraposition of analog bleeping noises, little distortions and the clean passionate vocals of Lover XX. Musically all the album plays with these sound contrapositions and they work really well but we don't have to forget what's evident since the first listening: Foretaste are able to write cool and catchy synth electro songs that now sound danceable but dreamy and then powerful and melodic. Check the single "Superstar" with its refrain's sound explosion or the distorted synths/pads on "Today". Compared to "Terrorist TV", LOVE ON DEMAND, sounds a bit more varied thanks to its apparent quiet moments that after a while blast into a rich web of snyth pads/leads and drum machine beats but also thanks like "What If". It is a melancholic tune with no drum beats that finds its power into the warm vocals and the bass frequency of the synth pads coupled to other little synth arpeggios. It has the same feeling of the Depeche Mode's tunes sung by Martin Gore. Anyway... LOVE ON DEMAND is an album that is worth your attention and if you're a collector, it is also available as double CD edition, with the add of a live album "Live On Demand".

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: December Rose

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 25 2012
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN
Title: December Rose
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: House Of Analogue
Rated: *****
"December Rose" is the newest Empire State Human single and it is the first one for the new label House Of Analogue. The new release contains only two songs but they confirm the band, now a duo, inspired and fresh after more than ten years of activity into the synthpop scene. I want to talk about the "B-side" first. "B For Baby" is an instrumental song that fits the Holiday season just passed by. It gives me the same feelings of a warm fireplace and the same joy of kids playing with snowballs. "December Rose" is an upbeat romantic song with sax inserts that sound just cool. They really gives to the track the spice that is like a nice ribbon on a gift box that will please every synthpop lover. Aidan sounds passionate and energetic as usual, so this is a good comeback that will prepare their fan to the forthcoming new album.


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