synth

ii

Artist: 
Liima
Label: 
4AD

ii is the Danish indie synth-pop group Efterklangs first album since 2012. They actually recorded it under the name Liima with a Finish percussionist, Tatu Ronkko, so it’s Liima’s first album. On top of that, they recorded ii in three days in Berlin. So we’re just kind of covering our global bases from the get-go here.

Sounds Like: 
Very Vaugely like Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
A Synth Danish Band
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Robert Glasper Experiment
Label: 
Blue Note Records

 This Album opens up with fast jazz, the kind you hear on NPR between segments, then he opens with this spoken word; "The reality is my people have given the world so many kinds of music, so many styles of music, so why should I just confine myslelf to one, we want to explore them all" after wards the beat slows, there is some disc jockey and distant speech clips and electronic sounds introduced, more of a 90's hip hop beat introduced, the rest of this song fading to a finish.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk, NPR,
Sounds Like: 
D'Angelo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Kllo
Label: 
Ghostly International

I've been telling people for a while now that I want to move to Melbourne, Australia because of all of the great electronic music that comes out of there, and this group is no exception. Kllo, a duo made up of two cousins Simon Lam and Chlloe Kaul, simply put together a beatiful collection of music with this Well Worn EP. Their sound is so damn pure, and the production is fantastic. Each track is different, yet clearly has their signature style throughout.

Sounds Like: 
Wafia
Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
AlunaGeorge
Sounds Like: 
BANKS
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Tobacco
Label: 
Ghostly International

This album features electronic, mostly instrumental without vocals, trap like melodic rolling beats, with keyboard and syth. There are a few songs with production errors, avoid tack 2, and 3, 10, 12 track 2  will give you a headache becuase of trips in the sound and breaks that I hope are not purposeful, track 12 has about a minute of static before it ends. Other then track 2 and 12 I found the sounds enticing, compelling, repetive in a good way, fantastic work out, study or any activity that requires zoning music, for instance long drives.

Sounds Like: 
trap music, daft punk,
Sounds Like: 
Major Lazor, Thomas Dolby
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2016
Artist: 
Chris Farren
Label: 
SideOneDummy

I’ve never heard of Chris Farren but apparently this solo debut album has been a long time coming.

Sounds Like: 
Any poppy folk singer
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Mood Robot
Label: 
Self-Released

Mood Robot’s newest release The Story We T

Sounds Like: 
Skylar Spence
Sounds Like: 
Moon Over Japan
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2016
Artist: 
Pfarmers
Label: 
Jurassic Pop

While I do think that the album was well made it really was not my style. The whole Album was very beat driven and the beats were fairly dark and gloomy. It's not really super upbeat and I didn't love it. It was helpful to listen to while studying but that's about the extent. I do however recomend giving it a listen mainly because it might be for you. It's worth a shot.

Sounds Like: 
Sam Cohen
Sounds Like: 
Faith Healer
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2015
Artist: 
The Kite String Tangle
Label: 
Self-Released

The Kite String Tangle is Danny Harley, an Australian, who has written, produced, recorded and mixed this album. The product of his work, “Vessel”, embodies a heavy synth and electronic sound, which has been compared to Disclosure. However, unlike many synth and electronic music, this album takes it down a notch, and exudes an incredibly laid back and relaxed mood. The beats are slow, and the effects are very space-y.

Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Sounds Like: 
Synth-y Bastille
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2014
Artist: 
Ausmuteants
Label: 
Goner Records

Last semester we got Ausmuteants in the stacks, and being a big fan of Goner Records I was already intrigued. I thought the last album was pretty hilarious and a fun listen if you listened to it for what it was, which was a bunch of silly dudes making rock and roll sounds about crude shit. However, on this album, Order of Operation, the fellas of Ausmuteants have grown up and left their potty humor behind them. This album is also way less upbeat garage rock and more synth rock. I'm into synth rock and all for sure, but every song on this album pretty much sounds the same.

Sounds Like: 
The Fresh and Onlys
Sounds Like: 
Cheap Time
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2014
Artist: 
Neighbors
Label: 
Self-Released

I really enjoyed this album for what it is. If you're into synthy music like me, this is a pretty solid album to listen to. Nothing too avant-garde, but eveyrthing goes together and sounds nice. As with synth music, most tracks end up sounding more or less the same (at least specifically with their vocals in this case), but I like the 80s/90s guitar influence. Some of the songs on the album remind me of upbeat/pop versions of the songs from the movie Drive's soundtrack.

Sounds Like: 
St. Lucia
Sounds Like: 
College (80's vibes)
Sounds Like: 
Electric Youth
Sounds Like: 
Anoraak
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2014