Articles tagged synthpop

Gary Numan: Savage (Songs From a Broken World)

In the age of climate science denial, synth legend Gary Numan offers up a bleak dystopian landscape as a cautionary tale.

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CYMBALS: Light in Your Mind

On their third album, the artsy UK synthpop outfit CYMBALS have matured, but have they gotten better?

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Technology Is the Servant of the Human Beings: The OMD Interview

At the turn of the postmodern era, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was on top of the world. They were the cutting edge of pop music, whether they hate to admit it or not.

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6 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Zola Jesus: Okovi

Zola Jesus takes a confident and empowering stance on matters of life and death in her supremely dark but undeniably uplifting new album.

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OMD: The Punishment of Luxury

On their third post-reunion album, the synth veterans' triumphs more than make up for a somewhat dated message.

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30 Aug 2017 // 10:10 AM

Gary Numan - “My Name Is Ruin” (Singles Going Steady)

Gary Numan's "My Name Is Ruin" is dark, intense, and shockingly vital.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat.

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24 Aug 2017 // 7:53 AM

Ben Gibbard: Bandwagonesque

Gibbard's tribue to Teenage Fandclub overcomes any aspect of mere novelty and stands proudly on its own.

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Dent May: Across the Multiverse

With his fourth full-length, tunesmith Dent May finally settles into a persona well-suited to his particular brand of technicolor retro-pop, resulting in one of the best pop albums of 2017.

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11 Aug 2017 // 7:43 AM

Kesha: Rainbow

Forged out of difficult circumstances, Rainbow emerges with such absolute confidence of vision that it instantly goes down as one of the best pop albums of the year.

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9 Aug 2017 // 11:20 AM

Zola Jesus - “Exhumed” (Singles Going Steady)

Zola Jesus is too powerful for this mortal coil, and this dramatic track proves it.

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Blancmange: Happy Families / Mange Tout / Believe You Me

Blancmange seemed cut out to be the perfect '80s synthpop duo. So why didn't it quite turn out that way? This set of deluxe reissues helps explain.

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Washed Out: Mister Mellow

Mister Mellow is an album of interludes and abstract experimentations as much as it is a pop record.

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1 Aug 2017 // 10:38 AM

OMD - “The Punishment of Luxury” (Singles Going Steady)

The latest track from OMD is a straightforward indictment of consumer culture and those who would champion it.

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21 Jul 2017 // 5:00 AM

Toro y Moi: Boo Boo

Boo Boo is an engaging, immersive album that unfolds itself over repeated listens.

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Erasure - “World Be Gone (Boxed In Remix)” (premiere)

Legendary synthpoppers Erasure return with their second single from their latest album and a stunning remix.

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17 Jul 2017 // 9:27 AM

Arcade Fire - “Creature Comfort” (Singles Going Steady)

"Creature Comfort" is a big, bold statement of intent from Arcade Fire. This is a song that leaves you anything but anesthetized.

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Erasure: From Moscow to Mars - An Erasure Anthology

From Moscow to Mars is a definitive set that thoroughly explores three decades of pop magic by the veteran British duo.

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10 Jul 2017 // 8:29 AM

White Sea: Tropical Odds

White Sea's debut separated her sound from her previous work with M83, but the lush, morose dance-pop of her piecemeal sophomore effort paints her as a truly compelling pop figure.

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Saint Etienne: Home Counties

A concept album that bemuses as much as it enlightens, Home Counties lacks passion and punch even though the Saint Etienne pop sensibility is still there.

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20 Questions: Amadou & Miriam

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"For their ninth studio album, acclaimed Malian duo Amadou & Miriam integrate synths into their sound while displaying an overt love of Pink Floyd.

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