Let the Gloom begin. Wraith in the Woods, the new track by Crossover, is going to be the first track off the band’s new album, Gloom, scheduled for a May release. Check out the “pixelated” video that embraces a retro-synth aesthetic (ok, we are being really obscure, but it reminds us of the backside cover of Pete Shelly’s “Homosapian” album).
Heralding back to the glorious days of synthpop’s infancy, Echo formed after meeting in Barcelona in 2011. Mickaël Valli and Alexandre Portils Torner shared a mutual love of minimal synths and maximum attitude. Earlier this year they dropped their debut EP on ultra-cool label, Romance Moderne, which Daydream, with its gloriously retro synths and new wave attitude is taken from. We are happy to report they are currently in the studio working on their debut album.
Das Kitten are a self-described “sassy” synthpop band comprised of Tom Worsfold and Will McDowell. Their new single, Anything More, is a bouncy, upbeat synthpop tune in the same vein as Petshop Boys, but without the irony (they are the Rose to Petshop Boy’s Dorothy). Anything More also seems, oddly enough, to be both the counterpart and antithesis to the 90s hit, Your Woman (White Town). Whereas White Town rejected feelings of emasculation within a relationship, Das Kitten embraces it, for he is just glad to be back together. It almost seems to be the logical conclusion of what might happen once White Town left his partner and began having seconds thoughts.
Night Vision is a Brooklyn-based synthpop band made up of Davey Partain and Chuck Flores. They have made all their tracks available as guilt-free downloads on their bandcamp page. Keep Moving has a mid-80s synthpop vibe that we love. The video, directed by Ivonne Loyola, is shot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you are in NYC, check them out when they perform tomorrow night, March 24, 2012 at Moon ii
Blank Capsule is a Toronto-based band featuring members of Vitaminsforyou and Jokers of the Scene. They have just released this sexy, why bother getting dressed video for their synth-heavy, industrial-light track, Compulsion. It will be included as a digital bonus track for their upcoming single, Kill Me. The original was sung by Joe Crow, but Depeche Mode fans might recognize the track from Martin‘s solo EP, Counterfeit. We couldn’t place it at first so a special thanks to Jan who promptly reminded us.
Men love to play with their balls. The balls in question, however, are not porn-worthy, but rather the ones used in sports (sigh). It’s on display in the sexy new video, Waiting for the Feeling, a video that is neck-high in playful symbolism, saturated colors and is undeniably the most up front, out loud and proud video we have seen from him. Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) is a folk singer reinvented as pop star in-waiting who left us speechless in 2010 with his debut release, Love, Part II. It quickly became our favorite track of the year and still gets frequent airplay. Then last year, he returned with Disco Moment, a clever Will Young with a dance beat track that grew on us. With his third single, the self-described “male Robyn“, has established himself as an accomplished songwriter with an undeniable knack for turning out intelligent dance pop. Bright Light Bright Light’s debut album, Make Me Believe In Hope, is out in June.