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
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 15.05.2021
Roland P. Young
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
Synthesizer jazz, hip hop breaks, Brazilian touch: Zopelar is back with »Universo«, a new release on Apron.
Music − Review | posted 25.05.2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Music − Review | posted 22.07.2021
And Felt Like…
The compilation »And Felt Like…« is another highlight in the label history of Knekelhuis.
Music − Portrait | posted 29.06.2021
The Techno and jazz meltdown
Hoshina Anniversary makes techno. But he would rather see himself as a successor to jazz and traditional Japanese music. And the Tokyo native is not alone in this. In this sense, jazz is less what you play than how you play it.
Music − Review | posted 25.07.2021
Musical Keyboard System
MKS, »Musical Keyboard System«, was the name of the short-lived project of Frenchman Nicolas Aubard. Four tracks from 1989 have now been reissued.
Music − News | posted 27.06.2021
Exclusive Edition: »Nafs At Peace«
»Nafs At Peace«, the great debut of the Pakistani jazz quartet Jaubi has just been released by Astigmatic. Exclusively on HHV Records, the record will also be available on vinyl.
Music − Portrait | posted 30.06.2021
Meditation out of improvisation
For over five decades he pushed Japanese jazz towards spiritual spheres, without kitsch or esoteric – and just a little pathos. Above all, he garnered reputation for it back home. Even today Hōzan Yamamotos work is internationally considered an insider tip.