synth-pop

Artist: 
Brandon Can't Dance
Label: 
Lucky Number Music Limited

Brandon Can’t Dance’s album, Graveyard of Good Times is characterized by a unique collection of melancholic and upbeat, catchy songs. The variation between tracks definitely contributed to my appreciation of the album. Sometimes alternative music in this style can become redundant and mundane; however, this record varied in tone and overall rhythmic style, keeping me interested and engaged. There was a combination of tracks with electro-pop sounding rhythms as well as some that were more punk or indie rock.

Sounds Like: 
Car Seat Headrest
Sounds Like: 
Alex G
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2017
Artist: 
Goldfrapp
Label: 
Mute

Goldfrapp's "Lovely Head" was the song that introduced them to the world. That song and a long history of occasional skim-throughs of their reviews had led me to believe that all their songs traded in downtempo electronics, trip hop, and folk. I've never been enamored with "Lovely Head", and so I thought they weren't for me. Imagine my surprise when I heard this new song, which some might classify as a "banger". It's a driving, catchy, synth pop track where fat slabs of synth that purr and slide, underneath ethereal vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Ladytron
Sounds Like: 
Little Boots
Sounds Like: 
Róisín Murphy
Sounds Like: 
Röyksopp
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2017
Artist: 
Animotion
Label: 
Invisible Hands Music

I did not know what to expect out of this new Animotion album, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The vocals have a kind of "static" sound as if they are from a long time ago, but the sounds are all very modern. The rock and pop is mixed with a lot of electronic elements making all the songs very unique. It kind of makes me think of a futuristic version of an 80's band (I'm imagining the band members wearing bell-bottoms, slicked hair and laser visors...).

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
A Flock of Seagulls
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2017
Artist: 
Diana
Label: 
Culvert Music

Listening to this album was a bizarre experience, because I had to triple check that this wasn't a Tegan and Sara album in disguise. Somewhat fitting, Diana is an Canadian synth-pop group, with catchy upbeat songs that are extremely similar to recent Tegan and Sara albums. What can I say, Canada has it's niche when it comes to female fronted synth pop.  Track 1, sounds as if it's a B-side to the most recent Tegan and Sara album with it's vocals, synth sounds, and upbeat choruses, and the similarities continue throughout the album.

Sounds Like: 
Tegan and Sara
Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
The Seshen
Label: 
Tru Thoughts

Flames & Figures is a beautifully immersive experience. Lead singer Lalin St. Juste’s voice is smooth, feminine, mourning, calming, all at the same time. It feels like the rest of the music is almost built around her, with driving base and synthy builds. While there are definitely elements of electropop, they mostly feel like a layered support system for St. Juste’s modern and delicate exploration of love and passion.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Lienna La Havas
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
Artist: 
Solange
Label: 
Saint Records

On September 27th, Solange Knowles, known as simply Solange, surprised fans by tweeting the announcement of her long-awaited third studio album. "I am overwhelmed with gratitude & excitement to share this work I've written and created, with you... #ASeatAtTheTable". Three days later, that excitement was met with the release of A Seat at the Table, earning herself her first number 1 album on the Top Billboard 200. Since 2012's release of her extended play titled True, I have been craving new music from Solange for almost 4 years.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Sounds Like: 
Prince
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016
Artist: 
Night Club
Label: 
gato blanco

We have here a woman's tale of her encounters with romance,

Progressing from her first relationship,

to when she has finally given up on What romance entails.

Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Name: 
matthewowen
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
Powerkompany
Label: 
Powerkompany

The first disc really reminded me of 80s alt. Although in some of the tracks in Disc 1 there wasn't a good balance between the synth and 80s vibes. For example to many instruments are playing I the same time. Disc 1 has great lyrics and vocals just the balance of the genres is not complement to each other. Disc 2 is a lot more synth than Disc 1. Disc 2 still has that 80s influence, but Disc 2 is not overwhelming with sounds and makes Disc 2 very enjoyable to listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Kate Bush
Name: 
Alondra Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
Breakbot
Label: 
WEA Studios

Breakbot's Still Waters is groovy in the best of ways. Though at first listen they are a near copy of any 1980's pop band, after a while interesting combinations of 80's influence and modern styles present themselves. If you're looking for something relaxing or have anything against electro inspired music then look elsewhere. That being said if you're into something a little funky, that'll make you wiggle in your chair then you've found it. 

Sounds Like: 
Churches
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2016