Category Archives: Synth

R. MISSING – UNSUMMERING (Lo-FI/Darkwave – US)

R. Missing

Enigmatic New York-based project R. Missing unveiled their debut EP last March to great reviews. Released via Terminal Echo, Unsummering explores shadowy soundscapes filled with gloomy synth lines, moody beats and hazily deadpan vocals.

Sometimes compared to The Knife, Austra or Velvet Underground, R. Missing is the latest musical venture from indie band The Ropes. Under this new moniker, vocalist Sharon Shy and musician Toppy expand on their previous palette of nihilistic Morrisey tinged lyricism and go one shade darker. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly programmed electronic drum beats.

You can follow R. Missing on Facebook and SoundCloud. The Unsummering EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

POWERS – HEAVY (Synth/NuDisco – US)

Powers
L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.

For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.

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FENECH SOLER – ZILLA (SynthPop – UK)

Fenech Soler

Fenech-Soler released their new album ZILLA on February 3rd on So Recordings. Three years in the making, the band’s third studio album is chock full of bold, shimmering pop gems, which herald a thrilling new chapter for brothers Ben and Ross Duffy.

Loaded with personality and pockets of experimentation, ZILLA is inspired by disco, old soul vocal harmony groups and an unwavering love of pop music. While previous albums have seen the duo collaborate with the likes of Tim Goldsworthy and Starsmith, ‘this album is much more organic, with most of it self-produced.

Fenech-Soler have been touring for the past couple of months, bringing their new tunes to fans across Europe the US. More dates have just been announced in April in May, check out their official site or Facebook for more info. Buy the new album now on

SAFIA – TOGETHER LOCKED SAFELY (Pop – Australia)

Safia

Australian band Safia has been active since 2012, releasing a string of singles as well as remixes for other artists. Band members Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at Radford College in Canberra and cite James Blake, Chet Faker, Purity Ring and Disclosure as their main influences.

“Together, Locked Safely” is taken off Safia’s album Internal, out now on Virgin EMI Records. The album was self-produced and mixed by Eric J Dubowsky and debuted at number 2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.


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WARHOLA – JEWELS (SynthPop – Belgium)

Warhola
One of the best acts to come out of Belgium in recent years, Warhola is the moniker of Oliver Symons, a multi-talented musician who writes, produces, and performs mind-bending synthpop with fantastic vocals. Co-produced by Symons and Wouter Souvereyns, Warhola’s new single “Jewels” features Wouter Souvereyns on bass, guitar and live percussion and Moreno Claes on bass.

For the video, Danish director Anders Malmberg created a dark universe inhabited by bejewelled gymnasts. Check it out below!

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