I first encountered The Ballroom Thieves’ music when I was preparing to cover the Boston Calling music festival last month, checking out the bands I wasn’t already familiar with on Spotify. I was so impressed with their debut album, A Wolf In The Doorway, that I promptly bought their album from iTunes, as I...Read more
Category Archives: synthpop
Now, this is what I call an epic song. And what an amazing one it is, taking the listener on a thought-provoking sonic -- and visual -- journey. Quite the trip!...
Welcome back, Class Actress! What an amazing tune! Pure electropop bliss. Lovely mix of warm electronic beats and glimmering synth. And the vocals... Sweet and sultry, ripened to perfection... The girlfriend experience has never sounded better!...
Recently I reviewed Chungking’s incredible new album, Defender. It was a rave review during which I gave the album very high praise, comparing it to some of the greats, like Goldfrapp and Ladytron. I highly recommend that you read the review before reading the following interview with Chungking’s charismatic lead vocalist, Jessie Banks! But,...Read more
It’s Like You Never Went Away is the stunning debut EP by Goldroom, a DJ who’s been getting some serious accolades as of late. And when you listen to this, you’ll know why. Not only is he a beat maestro, he can write some serious pop tunes to boot. Here, he delivers four...Read more
Little Boots has just unveiled her new video for Better in the Morning, which was premiered by Fader, as you can see above. A lovely video to go with a lovely song, what more can I say? Here’s Little Boots herself on her tour and more: “I’m honoured to have some incredible support acts...Read more
Chungking released their much-praised debut album We Travel Fast way back in 2003. Their 2007 album Stay Up Forever is a veritable electronica-meets-trip-hop masterpiece. During more recent years the Brighton-based trio — Jessie Banks, Sean Hennessy and Ben Townsend — have worked with Richard X and WARP Records’ Jamie Lidell. Perhaps more impressive...Read more
On the off chance that someone reading this isn’t already aware, Brandon Flowers is The Killers’ lead vocalist, who also plays guitar and keyboards, although not on every song. With the band, he’s released four original albums (Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age and Battle Born), a rarities compilation (Sawdust) and a...Read more
Sóley Stefánsdóttir was born in Hafnarfjörður, a small town just outside Reykjavík, Iceland but she now lives in said Capital. A singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer, she created every note on her second full-length album, Ask The Deep, herself. As a child, she studied jazz piano. Later, she attended the Icelandic Art Academy, where she studied composition...Read more
Róisín Murphy has been one of the most peculiar figures in modern pop music for several years now. She started off as the frontwoman of Moloko, but soldiered on as a solo artist after the band called it a day. During the next few years, she released two excellent solo albums, Ruby Blue...Read more
In 2013 Eliza Hull released a critically acclaimed EP called The Ghosts You Never Catch. The lead track “Christopher” appeared on MTV’s Awkward — the funniest show on television — and she proceeded to tour with the likes of Owl Eyes, Hayden Calnin and SAFIA. She spent 2014 writing the songs that appear...Read more
Another thick slice of pop perfection via Brandon Flowers. With a cherry on top....
"I'm not your springtime fantasy," goes "Return," a gem of a new song from Strange Names, a band consisting of recent New York transplants Fletcher Aleckson, Francis Ximenez and Liam Benzvi. The irony here is that "Return" actually feels like a red hot spring fling, coming at...
If the tremendously talented Banks made grandiose dance pop songs, they would sound an awful lot like the music of Charlotte OC, who has a similar flair for haunting melodies and insightful lyrics. “If my house was burning / Would you run or stay?” she asks during the lead track “If My House...Read more