Anything Box are one of the few popular synthpop bands that transistioned from the late 80s to early 90s and are best known for their 1989 hit, Living In Oblivion and album, Peace. They are working on some new material, and to tie their fans over, they have created new remixes to several of their songs which they are offering fans to download….for free! Simply visit their website, click on the link, and voila! Enjoy!
Ladytron have amassed a decade long catalog of influential and catchy tunes. To celebrate the decade, they have just released a retrospective of many of their hits (but why oh why was She Took Him To A Movie not included and Evil only on the deluxe version?). Two new tracks, Ace of Hz, which was recently released and this track, Little Black Angel appear on the album. The song is super catchy and is actually a cover of Industrial innovators, Death In June, who first recorded it in 1992. To me, their version reminds me of Some Velvet Morning by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. Which version do you prefer?
Russian?! Synthpop band, Tesla Boy released one of the best albums within its genre last year, and third single, Rebecca came out earlier this year. I am not a big fan of compiled concert videos (are you hearing me Goldfrapp and thrown together, Believer?), because it screams “copout” in terms of production and concept, but I am willing to overlook it since this is a band you probably haven’t heard of, but if you are a synthpop lover, and hey, you probably wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, is worth checking out.
And here is their remix of ultra icy cool Sally Shapiro, Miracle
I am escaping NYC this weekend and its miserable weather and heading to the Caribbean with my family to celebrate my mother’s 65 birthday. I will be gone for a week, but promise to return refreshed and mostly likely burnt to a crisp. To get me in the proper mood, I am playing on loop this classic Marsheaux track from their 2009’s brilliant album, Lumineux Noir. Summer is a blissful track, and the video perfectly personifies my days lying on the beach as I duck to avoid all those pesky flying stingrays.
Rumor has it, that the new Marsheaux album is coming out later this year and I am stoked! This will undoubtedly be one of the top albums of the year. If you like classic Ladytron and Client, you’ll LOVE LOVE LOVE this Greek band.
To tie us over for the new album, I am also going to let my readers preview and download a mix of the new track by Rolla Scape, Heaven Is Real with features vocals by Marsheaux.
On a side note, I was just want to thank NewNowNext for posting my review of the OMD concert on Tuesday. It means a lot to me that a band I love and care about so much can reach tens of thousands of readers through my review, many of whom may be discovering them for the first time.
I am leaving for holiday on Sunday and won’t have access to new music, nor my computer, so this will be my last post until I get back (about 2 weeks) so for the 3 of you reading my blog (and 2 of those are coming with me), please be patient and I shall reward you plenty when I return.
Whenever I am down and blue, I can always rely on Hurts, whose videos and songs thrive on melodrama, to make me reflect and come to the undeniable realization that things can be far worse. For my best friend this means watching Ice Castles on continual loop, but for me, I turn to Hurts. Sunday, with “single” written all over it, is their latest offering whose video lays the melodrama on thick… real thick. It begins with the death of a loved one, then dives deep into the subconscious, which fabulously evokes vivid mod images of the 60s, reminiscent of Sweet Charity if it was set at a S/M club with a little Logan’s Run thrown in for good measure. Ultimately, however, we must again surface to reality, which is displayed in a bleak black and white world. Classic.
For the unconverted synthpop lover, Mirrors may simply sound like a Hurts ripoff. Both use synthesizers and both have removed the seemingly neccessary definite article “The”. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Dig back quite a bit further musically and Mirrors are undeniably the progression in sound of OMD while Hurts captures the essence of Spandau Ballet (but in a good way). Single out now and features an amazing remix by Richard X.
Listen to and download the remix by the always incredible Marsheaux
So this is my first music post. Sound of Arrows are a band from Sweden made up of Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm. Last year they released the magnificent “Into the Clouds”, which was declared song of the year by PopJustice. Now they’re back with this instantly and insanely catchy single that proceeds the debut album, produced by the always fabulous Richard X (due out in April). Enjoy this dreamy pop from a band that to me sounds like a cross between Pet Shop Boys and Dream Academy.