This weeks pack of three centres on three recent synth pop releases.
Murheet – Musta Tähti
The first track on this debut EP from Finnish act Murheet is simply immense. Älä Kysy Liikaa (Don’t Ask Too Much) is a driving synth pop track that mixes pop with some serious dance floor synths. And the vocals are a joy. Sadly the rest of the EP fails to maintain the high standards set and I found both tracks wanting to be honest. Get for that first track.
Schaumstoff – Phantoms and Ghosts – Side A
Austrian act Schaumstoff produce some interesting moments on their debut EP. There is a mix of retro sounding songs as well as a poignant tribute to victims of terrorist attacks. The highlight for me is the robotic sounding Not Programmed For Love that introduces female vocals in the role, I am guessing, of a computer programme?
Analogue Electronic Whatever – You Never Did/Buzzers and Bells
This is great! Vintage sounding electronica resulting in two excellent post-punk synth tracks. Early Depeche Mode being fronted by Pete Shelley springs to minds when listening to You Never Did whilst Buzzers and Bells reminds me of listening to the likes of New Muzik, OMD or The Buggles on the top 40 count down every Sunday night via an old Bakelite radio when I was a wee nipper.
Available on extremely limited 7″ vinyl or digital formats from here.