This weeks pack of three features three recent post-punk releases that are inspired by synth-pop.
Handful of Snowdrops – The Four Winds
Canadian post-punk veterans Handful of Snowdrops return with their first new material since 2018’s excellent Noir album. The Four Winds errs on the side of poppier side of synth-pop whilst Tail Sails is a moody, atmospheric instrumental track. However it’s the scattered edit of the title track that stands out taking the original version to a higher level or should that be dancefloor?
Холодный звонок – Друг
Moscow based one man post-punk act Холодный звонок (Cold Call) is a firm fave here and there are some lovely sounds emanating from the synths on this one. The vocals are gloomy by way of contrast though as the title translates as friend or drug and the artwork should give some more clues as to the sombre nature of the song.
JH-X9 – Crime Of Science
This one is on the darker side of synth-pop with industrial and techno elements thrown in for good measure. You can hear the 1980s influences on the title track whilst the instrumental flip side Subjected beings up imagery of repetitive tasks carried out by factory robots. The track sounds better than that description but give it a listen and you will know what I mean.