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Taylor Swift's "seven" Marks the End of Innocence

Taylor Swift's childhood has frequently acted as the rare domain that can neither be snatched by tabloids nor staked out by fans, but "seven" from her latest LP folklore presents a narrative of innocence dragged out of a child by abuse.

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Com Truise: Iteration

On his first full-length album in five years, Seth Haley, a.k.a. Com Truise, unleashes his usual battery of vivid retro-synth anthems.

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Mew: Visuals

Visuals proves that Mew can carry on safely as a trio.

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Empire of the Sun: Two Vines (Deluxe)

The extravagant duo are back again, announcing themselves in exactly the manner you'd expect.

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Eyeless in Gaza: Picture the Day (A Career Retrospective 1981-2016)

This career-spanning anthology reveals not only Eyeless in Gaza’s import to the development of synthpop but also their ongoing commitment to exploring and even breaking the boundaries of that genre in consistently rewarding ways.

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Crystal Castles: Amnesty (I)

After a less-than-cordial breakup, the new iteration of Crystal Castles shows that the vocalist plays a major role in the sound of the band.

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Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate

As Kristin Kontrol, Kristin Welchez has brilliantly shown that her brand of mischief is as complex as it is loving. Trouble is still her name.

Dustin Ragucos
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Flint Eastwood - "Glitches" (video)

Detroit’s Flint Eastwood is an entity thriving on evolution, both in the sonic and visual realms.

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Emanuel and the Fear - "Meredith" (audio) (premiere)

The first single from Emanuel and the Fear's upcoming third LP, Primitive Smile, is a charming and intricate slice of romantic synthpop.

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Petite Noir: La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful ushers in a new pop force.

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Rabid Young - "Not Enough" (audio) (premiere)

Las Vegas synthpop quintet releases debut song full of shimmering synths and mid-tempo beats.

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Man Without Country: Maximum Entropy

If you don't like music, then you'll adore Maximum Entropy.

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Rush Midnight: Rush Midnight Deluxe Edition

If you like synth pop colored with the flavor of New Age dance tunes without a hint of passion or the erotic you'll love these sterile shenanigans.

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Ballet School: The Dew Lasts an Hour

Ballet School is an indelible entry into the synth pop genre, and are at least taking the approach somewhat differently by using guitars.

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The Rentals: Lost In Alphaville

Matt Sharp's side project-turned-band is back, and they sound just like most of you remember them. But is that really such a good thing?

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Roses: Dreamlover EP

The Dreamlover EP is, well, quite dreamy and is something to appraise fairly highly.

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GusGus: Mexico

Mexico wants to show us how GusGus has changed and matured while still clinging to things that seem distant and remote.

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Dear Frederic - "Stare Into the Light and Dana" (video) (Premiere)

Dear Frederic's latest music video combines the songs "Stare Into the Light" and "Dana" into a single, slow-mo heavy short film.

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Night Club - "Need You Tonight" (audio) (Premiere)

The LA-based dark synthpop duo Night Club are at their wildly fun game yet again following last year's Love Casualty EP. Here's the duo's latest venture, a cover of INXS' "Need You Tonight".

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Little Dragon: Nabuma Rubberband

Delectably strange pop from the consistent Swedish quartet.

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Architecture in Helsinki: Now + 4Eva

Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring

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Ghost Beach: Blonde

Whether it's the jaunty beats, syncopated guitar rhythms, or dramatic drops, Blonde feels like the soundtrack to a neon-swathed beach house party, a joy ride on a cool summer night, or a nostalgia-fueled recreation of the original passion pits.

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Jesu: Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came

Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came, is the poppiest, most beautiful, and, arguably, most satisfying collection from Jesu in recent memory.

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Night Club: Love Casualty

Night Club is unabashedly forward in its basic take on dark, '80s-indebted synth pop, but it's a fun and even goofy ride for five concise tracks.

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New Order - "The Perfect Kiss" (Live @ Coachella 2013)

Sadly, New Order doesn't quite have the same old spark any more...

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Team Ghost: Rituals

If you were wondering what Nicolas Fromageau has been doing since quitting the synth-pop group M83 in 2004, well, here’s your answer.

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Mozart's Sister: Hello EP

Mozart's Sister has all the energy and daring of the truest ignored sibling.

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Parenthetical Girls: Privilege (Abridged)

The sickness Zac Pennington details is worth the pain.

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OMD Will Release New Album, 'English Electric', in April

A sublime reason for early Monday happiness... a brand new OMD album is on the way April 9th that the duo describes as a "12-track letter to technology, space, love".

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Shiny Toy Guns: III

Your feelings towards III will pretty much depend on how you feel about your music being polished down to a glistening sheen of chrome.

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Memory Tapes: Grace/Confusion

Tons of catchy hooks and vibrant synths make the new Memory Tapes disc something to be savored.

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Air Traffic Controller: Nordo

Air Traffic Controller can't decide whether to be synth pop or chamber pop.

Stephen Haag
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Junk Culture: Wild Quiet

One-time Girl Talk tourmate gets introspective, turns to confessional bedroom synth-pop on his full-length debut

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Doseone: G Is For Deep

On G Is For Deep, Doseone goes for a take on synth-pop that veers between being worringly eccentric and, er, crazily audacious. Then again, Doseone has always been a wild-card, and this might be his wildest album yet.

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Hot Chip: In Our Heads

Infectious synth hooks, dancefloor-ready bass, and mature, heartfelt lyricism... Hot Chip have done it again.

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Burning Hearts: Extinctions

On its sophomore album, the Finnish indie pop band observes the fierce order of the natural world with a detached, yet tuneful, approach.

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Laulan Sinule: Debüüt

The possibility of becoming seriously romantic is always there, the music is always denying it, resisting it, and it lets you see that it's resisting it.

Deanne Sole

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