Tag Archive: synth pop

  1. Single Serving: Milk & Bone – Pressure

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    In contrast to its title, “Pressure” actually feels free of all weight. Seemingly floating, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne’s (Milk & Bone) voices weave between the song’s creamy and dreamlike synth makeup creating a must hear slow jam. Fans of Sylvan Esso will appreciate the Montreal duo’s ability to merge electronic elements with intimate offerings and that big time drop around the 2:20 mark. 

    Milk & Bone’s anticipated debut album Little Morning is out March 17th via Bonsound.

  2. Single Serving: IYES – Lighthouse (demo)

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    Brighton, UK based duo IYES only have one released tune to their name at the moment, and there isn’t a lot of available information about them either. In fact, all I know so far is that 1) they are opening for Born Gold in Brighton and 2) their debut demo is pretty damn good. It’s a simmering, synth-laced pop groove with coed vocalists and more than a hint of The xx bubbling through the melody. Take a listen and enjoy.

    Full disclosure: I discovered this one on yvynyl.

  3. Single Serving: Hooray For Earth – Never

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    Some albums hit you right off the bat and others grow on you over time. I’ve often found that the albums that grow on you are the best. Hooray For Earth’s debut was one of those growers for me. Their latest single, “Never”, doesn’t need any time to grow on you though. It’s freaking hot and it’s ready to tear your iPhone-factory headphones apart.

    It opens with big-stadium percussion leading the way to bright synths that blow in like cool, neon-lit fog. The shifting melody, alternating rhythms, and lush ambiance make this jam feel bigger than life. The track, along with the single’s b-side “Figure”, represent the last Hooray For Earth home recordings before they move on to the studio. Yeah, it’s pretty hard to believe these tracks are home-recordings, huh?

    “Never” available as an a-side on a new single from Dovecote Records.

  4. Musical Pairings: Evenings – Lately

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    Last year’s North Dorm EP by Nathan Broaddus (a.k.a. Evenings) was one of the year’s most solid and enjoyable listens in the electronic music scene or otherwise. Despite having only released that EP and a pair of loose singles (including the TK-premiered “Beta Thought“) Broaddus demonstrated a “knack for creating evocative melodies using beautifully textured tones and clever, interesting rhythms that warmly envelope the listener.”  The impression it left with me was sufficient to make today’s release of his first full-length record, Lately, an event.  Like it’s predecessor, Lately is exquisitely evocative, thoughtful and well-arranged.  Again, Broaddus takes care to tease out small pleasures reveling in a rainy monsoon of textures and tones. It’s nimble and meditative, and as a result of the sequencing and song-structures, it has a naturally steady ebb and flow like an active tide rising and falling along a sandy beach.

    Written while Broaddus was living in France, Lately reveals an uncanny ability to sonically simulate the wide-eyed excitement of exploring a foreign city. The centerpiece is the gently sprawling “[I] Softly, We Go…” which is a pensive groove built along a plucked taut acoustic guitar sample and reedy whistling tones that softly unfurl before reaching an epiphany-like finale. On the one side, Lately is supported by the introspective, phosphorescent and rhythmically cyclical electronic hymn “Lo-Vélo” (a personal favorite) and the mirthfully alive “Genève.”  The latter has a melody that swirls in irregular circles before springing into a smooth, yet stuttering groove.  On its other side, Lately is supported by the agile “Saône” (named after a river in Eastern France) which flows, as its name might suggest, with a twinkling serenity that captures the warm ambiance of city lights reflected off the surface of water at night.  The album closes with “[Lately] See You Soon” — which features bright, crisp percussion and twinkling keys that glide along a shuffling and hypnotic melody like the rhythm created by windshield wipers during an afternoon rainfall.  In all, Evenings has offered another fantastic collection that is sure to grace at least TK’s year-end list.

    Lately is colorful, unpretentious and undeniably contemporary.  As a result it pairs well with Kasey’s Grilled Watermelon Salad recipe.  The salad is bright, full-flavored and clean.  It’s a unique and refreshing treat for the spring and summer months.

    Evenings – [Lately] See You Soon

    Download Lately LP from Bandcamp.  Then head to the Kitchen to read the recipe for Kasey’s Grilled Watermelon Salad.