Synth pop

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The Royal Landscaping Society – Frost

Matinee Recordings are having a prolific November on the singles front. Frost by Spanish band The Royal Landscaping Society is the fourth released by the label this month and what do you know it’s another cracker. Well, I think it’s a Christmas track judging by the title and cover so that is appropriate! The song … Continue reading

Another Bunch of Five!

The Churchhill Garden – Reality The latest collaboration between Swiss-based Andy Jossi and Krissy Vanderwoude over in the states takes me by surprise given its intensity. It’s an in your face 1990’s inspired alternative/indie track with tinges of shoegaze. It’s a bit like Lush circa Lovelife. And that’s no bad thing. Reality is available digitally … Continue reading

Shoe Shine Six – ’96

Yekaterinburg based Shoe Shine Six have a new EP out. Titled ’96 it features the songs I Will and two versions of the title track. The former errs on the side of dreampop set against a backdrop of shimmering guitars and soaring synths whilst ’96 in its original form is a full-on track fusing alt-rock … Continue reading


Another round-up of post-punk, synth-pop and goth-rock via a YouTube playlist. Maybe I should have kept some of these tracks back for the end of the month and for the Halloween kitchen/living room dancefloors! BlakLight – Unknown Love (Facebook – Buy) Sara Stuttgart – Женщина в Колодце (Facebook – Buy) undertheskin – End This Summer … Continue reading

Toy Cities – Digital Waves/Ocean Bloom

Spanish label Discos De Kirlian has compiled and released a compilation by New York’s Toy Cities. The compilation features the bands two EP’s to date being, as you may have guessed by the post title, Ocean Bloom (2016) and last years Digital Waves EP. The compilation also opens with two new tracks titled Two Walls … Continue reading

Vacance – Bord De Mer

Vacance is a new band hailing from Bordeaux, France. They comprise of Allison who provides both words and voice alongside Laurent (Lokomotiv Sofia) and Michaël (Feutre/Watoo Watoo). Like many indiepop bands these days they draw heavily on post-punk influences such as coldwave, minimal wave and synth-pop. The fact they have been compared to the early … Continue reading

Hiki – A Trip To The Sea

Russian act Hiki return with their seventh album A Trip To The Sea. It’s a welcome return to form after April’s underwhelming split release with Green Horizon. If you have not heard Hiki before the sound is vast, atmospheric dreampop driven by programming and synths with the tracks having a feelgood effect. This is backed … Continue reading

Latest Album Releases

A round-up of some of the albums to catch my ears this past couple of months or so. I noticed my no reviews rule I implemented a couple of weeks ago is starting to waver again so I am implementing that rule again (well maybe just for this post). Press play and let your ears … Continue reading

A Night At The Culture Bunker #1

I forgot to post this mix here which I did to celebrate the now-defunct club night I jointly ran/deejayed. Enjoy! Full Tracklisting: Altered Images – Leave Me Alone (Cassette Single) Theatre Of Hate – Legion Echo & The Bunnymen – Clay Buzzcocks – I Look Alone Cocteau Twins – Those Eyes, That Mouth The Slits … Continue reading

Lizzy & The Fanatics – Perfect World

Lizzy & The Fanatics hail from Montreal, Canda and feature Lysanne Picard, Denise Trimm and Amélie Laplante. Their new EP features the two recent singles Middle Child and Far Away alongside four new tracks. The sound on the EP is a mix of DIY pop and dream pop with luscious synths for support. They are … Continue reading

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