Synth-pop bands are a dime a dozen these days—hell, maybe even less than a dime at this point. One might say that the Brooklyn/New York City synth and indie scene has hit its economies of scale moment, if it hadn’t done so already. For that reason, when an artist or band pulls off a particularly memorably catchy take on synth-pop, it’s hard not to notice. Such is the case for Allies for Everyone, a project by the New York City musician Brian Suarez, whose new EP Bunker displays both pop smarts and the textural prettiness that many bands of his ilk fall far short of. The EP’s title cut particularly stands out; with a great hook, an earwormy three-note ostinato, and layers upon layers of atmospheric synths, it’s a track that does what good synth-pop should do.
“Bunker” now has an equally atmospheric music video to accompany it, featuring plenty of smoky visuals that enhance the already distinct nighttime mood of the tune.
Suarez tells PopMatters about the track, “I wanted to stay true to the vulnerable vibe of the track. The idea for the video was to create something intimate yet isolating. The choreography and improvisation of the dancers through the layers of smoke and light captures the pensive nature of the song.”
Bunker EP is out now. Stream it below:
Allies for Everyone will be playing in New York at the following dates and venues:
26 February @ People Lounge
11 April @ Lit