synthpop

MUNA’s New Live Album Is a Joyous Hometown Victory

MUNA’s New Live Album Is a Joyous Hometown Victory

For two nights in Los Angeles, queer indie-pop trio MUNA put on a joyous homecoming concert ten years of dreaming in the making.

Taylor Swift: The Great American Poet?

Taylor Swift: The Great American Poet?

It’s not literary devices that make something poetry or the analysis we perform, but the emotion it elicits through them, which is why Taylor Swift is a poet.

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble Goes to the Symphony

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble Goes to the Symphony

Sent back through a wormhole from the distant future by mad synth scientists, the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, this Heat Ray is a weapon of unknowable power.

A Reflective Hauntology: On the 2024 Reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Lifeblood’

A Reflective Hauntology: On the 2024 Reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Lifeblood’

Manic Street Preachers’ oeuvre indicates that one can only keep preaching manically if one lets oneself be haunted by the past to show the cracks in capitalist realism.

Pabllo Vittar’s ‘Batidão Tropical Vol. 2’ Is Brazilian History You Can Dance To

Pabllo Vittar’s ‘Batidão Tropical Vol. 2’ Is Brazilian History You Can Dance To

Pabllo Vittar’s music echoes cultural movements and carries layers of Brazilian history in a package that requires no explanation to enjoy listening and dancing to.

Call Me Spinster’s Debut Pleasantly Jumps Through Genres

Call Me Spinster’s Debut Pleasantly Jumps Through Genres

Indie pop’s Call Me Spinster possess rock-solid songwriting. Regardless of genre, they have a strong command of melody and an ear for intriguing arrangements.

Bolis Pupul Offers Electronic Fusion for the Dancefloor

Bolis Pupul Offers Electronic Fusion for the Dancefloor

Bolis Pupul’s Chinese touches on Western dance beats are enticing. He belongs to both worlds and appreciates the connections and juxtapositions between them.

Craig Wedren’s Dreamy Synthpop Shines on ‘The Dream Dreaming’

Craig Wedren’s Dreamy Synthpop Shines on ‘The Dream Dreaming’

Craig Wedren’s balance of pop sensibilities and experimentation on The Dream Dreaming is as well-matched to the times as his music has ever been.

Future Islands Give Hope with ‘People Who Aren’t There Anymore’

Future Islands Give Hope with ‘People Who Aren’t There Anymore’

Future Islands’ new LP is that rare album where you might find yourself with the unusual but life-affirming compulsion to dance and quietly sob at the same time.

Jenn Champion Sings About Death With a Synthpop Vibe

Jenn Champion Sings About Death With a Synthpop Vibe

Jenn Champion’s melodies and superb synths keep things lively on Last Night of Sadness, even when heavy. It’s a thoughtful, harrowing, and catchy album.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s ‘Bauhaus Staircase’ Shines

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s ‘Bauhaus Staircase’ Shines

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have honed their craft at creating towering, majestic synthscapes with bold analog melodies and shimmering sci-fi flourishes.

Troye Sivan’s ‘Something to Give Each Other’ Is Lost in Itself

Troye Sivan’s ‘Something to Give Each Other’ Is Lost in Itself

Troye Sivan’s new album falls short of its own standards, set high by the success of its predecessor and is lost in its ecstasy and provocative imagination.