Synth-Pop (Music subgenre)
Synthpop is a genre of music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. It originated as part of the New Wave movement of the late-1970s to the mid-1980s, and it has continued to exist and develop.
Synth-Pop in Features
Music Portrait | posted 18.02.2013
Deko Deko
The Sound of Deconstruction
When two ex-punk rockers from Leipzig find themselves on Berghain’s stage as »We Have Band’s« warm-up group, performing as an electronic duo some serious deconstruction must have taken place. Deconstruction is the whole approach of the highly conceptual band Deko Deko. Deko Deko stands for Deconstruction of Decoration – the beauty and productivity of dismantling. 10 years of making music together gives Lena Seik and Tristan Schulze a heck of familiarity and artistic compatibility to start taking apart and putting back together.
Synth-Pop in Reviews
Music Review | posted 28.09.2021
Various Artists
Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989
In Mexico, too, synthesizers and drum machines were popular in the eighties. You can listen to them on the compilation »Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989«.
Music Review | posted 26.09.2021
Angel Olsen
Aisles
On »Aisles«, Angel Olsen covers songs from the eighties that she heard as a child in the supermarket. A little masterpiece of five songs.
Music Review | posted 15.05.2021
Roland P. Young
Hearsay I-Land
In the mid-1980s, jazz musician Roland P. Young adopted a new identity as a new wave crooner. »Hearsay I-Land« collects his releases from this period.
Music Review | posted 02.03.2021
Zopelar
Universo
Synthesizer jazz, hip hop breaks, Brazilian touch: Zopelar is back with »Universo«, a new release on Apron.
Music Review | posted 25.05.2020
Various Artists
Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth
You think you already know everything about synthesizer music from the 1980s? Then, thanks to »Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth« you can practice in humility.
Music Review | posted 26.03.2020
Rosa
Acqua Di Sale
Out of the circle of the Neapolitans of Mystic Jungle comes Rosa. Her 6-track-EP »Acqua Di Sale«, released by Periodica, is without exception cocktail-suitable.
Music Review | posted 07.11.2016
Carla dal Forno
You Know What It's Like
In the 1980s, Carla dal Forno’s debut-style on »You Know What It’s Like« would have been labelled as »original sound of Berlin«.
Music Review | posted 05.05.2016
Various Artists
Household Shocks
The label Dark Entries revives the forgotten and unnoticed music of the 1980’s. The compilation »Household Shocks« is such an example.
Music Review | posted 11.02.2016
Stabat Stable
Ultrissima On The Junk's Moon
Niche music: The early 1980’s creation »Ultrissima On The Junk’s Moon« by Stabat Stable derives its charm from it’s historicity.
Music Review | posted 09.02.2016
Cloudland Canyon
An Arabesque
When referring to arabesque in musical terms Debussy and Schumann are the common references. The new album »An Arabesque« by Cloudland Canyon is equally amusing in quite a casual manner.
Music Review | posted 01.10.2014
Zola Jesus
Taiga
Transformation completed. On, »Taiga«, Zola Jesus’s fifth record, she leaves the darkness behind and turns towards pop. And she does it well.
Music Review | posted 29.08.2014
Richard H. Kirk
Never Lose Your Shadow EP
Richard H. Kirk’s »Never Lose Your Shadow is finally being released on vinyl after more than 30 years. It shows how expressiveness can get lost through technical improvements.
Music Review | posted 22.05.2014
Outer Space
Phantom Center EP
It’s quite easy totravel through the universe with Andrew Veres and John Elliott’s Outer Space project. »Phantom Center« is an interstellar trip.
Music Review | posted 15.01.2014
Death And Vanilla
EP
It’s as if Ratatat did a remix of Can under the influence of the Skyrider-Band and then put Anne Clark’s voice on top: Death And Vanilla’s EP from 2010 is celebrating it’s re-release on vinyl.
Music Review | posted 12.08.2013
Palm / | \ Highway Chase
Escape From New York
It’s music sounding like film scores by Harold Faltermeyer or Jan Hammer from the mid-1980s.
Music Review | posted 13.02.2013
Darkstar
News from Nowhere
With their second record, the trio from Britain delivers the finest electro-pop mixed with psychedelic moments of horror. A ver safe bet, this one.
Music Review | posted 22.01.2013
FORMA
OFF/ON
The trio FORMA has a sixth sense for analogue synthesizers and the reproducible sound from the 1970s and early 80s. And what do they do with it? They reproduce it.
Music Review | posted 03.01.2013
Emeralds
Just To Feel Anything
The Emeralds are still a tiny bit annoying. Not as much as they used to, though. On their tenth album, the trio also has wonderfully dreamy melodies to offer.
Music Review | posted 18.09.2012
Dan Deacon
America
Dan Deacon is a man who playfully unites opposites. Now he’s releasing his eleventh record. It’s exclusively dedicated to his homeland.
Music Review | posted 28.08.2012
Matthew Dear
Beams
On his fifth record, Matthew Dear sounds more than ever like his great idols Brian Eno and David Bowie, and even seems to be a bit ahead of himself.
Music Review | posted 11.07.2012
Chromatics
Kill For Love
»Kill For Love« pays homage to the romanticism of boredom and is the perfect ending of a fantastic party in the metropolitan light of dawn. With your sunglasses on, of course.
Music Review | posted 20.04.2012
VCMG
Ssss
Two synth-pop-veterans have reunited and are celebrating their love for techno. But not without chipping in with their concentrated pop-know-how.
Music Review | posted 13.07.2011
Destroyer
Kaputt
Dan Bejar and his Band Destroyer have created something great in the ninth attempt. Kaputt mixes Electro-Pop with WahWah-licks, soul-choires and disco-strings.
Music Review | posted 12.07.2011
Mist
House
News from the universe of the Emeralds: After Mark McGuire, now John Elliot presents his skills aside his band. It’s a synths-sound that’s hard to resist.
Synth-Pop in News
Music News | posted 16.02.2018
Respuesta Alternativa
Rediscovered: »Grata Compañia«
The Australian based reissue label Left Ear Records, which specializes in rediscoveries, will continue to pursue its business idea in 2018. For »Grata Compañia« they selected five pieces of the Spanish project Respuesta Alternativa.
Recent Articles
Music Column | posted 24.09.2021
Records Revisited
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
Music List | posted 07.10.2021
Palmbomen II
10 All Time Favs
Pictures and sounds could never really be separated from each other with Palmbomen II. His new record, »Make A Film,« provides the music for the moving pictures that we all have yet to shoot. What music inspires him when composing film music, the Dutch producer has told us now.
Music News | posted 20.09.2021
Dexter
Now on Vinyl: »Pandemie und Freunde«
Tracks against stress: Our HHV Label now releases the EP »Pandemie & Freunde« by Stuttgart based beat smith Dexter in a limited edition of 500 copies on vinyl.
Music News | posted 27.09.2021
Windows彡96
Exclusive Edition: »Magic Peaks«
With homesick flicker: The Sao Paulo-born musician Windows彡96 releases his new album »Magic Peaks« on 100% Electronica on November 12, 2021. A limited colour edition is available from HHV Records.
Music News | posted 01.10.2021
Girlwoman
Das Große Ganze
Now it’s all about »Das Große Ganze". The songwriter Girlwoman from Bielefeld releases her debut on Staatsakt. Exclusively at HHV Records there’s a limited Red Vinyl Edition available.