I read a lot of artist bios and they tend to all sound the same after a while. It seems like they’re all about growing up in a small, rural town and then moving to New York City or Los Angeles to make it big in the music business. While it’s nice to...Read more
Category Archives: synthpop
I must admit that I don’t know a whole lot about Florent Marchet. The only other album of his that I have is Noël’s Songs, which, as you could probably guess, is a Christmas album. I simply grabbed that one for the heck of it because, as my loyal readers must have figured...Read more
On her fourth solo album, St. Vincent – otherwise known as Annie Clark – has created a lusher, more fully realized take on the pristine pop of her last album, 2011′s Strange Mercy. This is where heart-swelling melodies meet cool, unflinching beats. Using two live drummers — Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings and...Read more
Dan Black and Kelis are both supreme talents with a knack for making electro-flavored pop. So, this pairing is a match made in pop heaven. And so, surprise, surprise, it's heavenly. Pure sonic bliss. This remix of "Hearts" is by Louis The Child. It's...
Today’s song of the day is a red hot slice of K-Pop heaven by SNSD (as they’re known in Korea), otherwise known as Girls’ Generation. The song is called “Mr.Mr.” and it’s the title track of their incredible new EP, which was just released on iTunes here in the States (and probably much...Read more
Pillar Point is the super synthy new project of Scott Reitherman, who’s thus far been primarily known as the mastermind behind indie darlings Throw Me the Statue. At first listen, Pillar Point sounds decidedly more pop than that project, but that’s slightly deceiving because, wrapped up in all of that glorious synth, is...Read more
When Brian Burton, otherwise known as Danger Mouse, and James Mercer, the vocalist of The Shins, first joined forces as Broken Bells in 2010, nobody quite knew what to expect. But plenty of people were curious, hence their self-titled debut popping up in the Billboard Top 10 the week of its release. At...Read more
When Phantogram’s debut album, Eyelid Movies, was released on the indie label Barsuk in 2009, I knew almost nothing about them. Just that they were a duo. I simply bought the album after reading a few positive reviews and hearing samples online. And I immediately fell in love with its quirky electronic music,...Read more
Normally, I find “greatest hits” and “best of” or “essential” compilations to be useless. If someone asks me about an artist, I’m going to tell them to check out whatever album by that artist that I either like most or that I think they would like most. And when I tell people to...Read more
The Chainsmokers have done some of my favorite remixes during the past year or so, including massive remixes of BANKS' "Change," The Killers' "Miss Atomic Bomb," Icona Pop's "Girlfriend" and Say Lou Lou's "Julian." They even have a pretty epic official, label-commissioned remix of Ellie Goulding's "Goodness...
White Sea, who is thus far perhaps best known as M83 member Morgan Kibby, has been chosen by Phantogram to open for a leg of upcoming shows. Click "read more" below for tour dates and information about her upcoming album......
Interview by Michael McCarthy There isn’t much that one could say about the immensely talented Polly Scattergood that I haven’t said already. After all, I gave her new album, Arrows, a very positive review HERE and named it my favorite album of the year HERE in my Best of 2013 list. So, it...Read more
Well, suddenly the internet is ablaze with Kylie Minogue’s fantastic new single, “Into The Blue.” And I do mean FANTASTIC. Wow. Everything about this song is perfect. It starts off with some jangly, almost frenzied piano and soaring strings but soon that goes away — temporarily — and we’re smacked with a slamming...Read more
OK, I have to say it — Lily Allen is bouncing back with her delicious new single, “Air Balloon,” which dropped today on January 13th, 2014. (Well, OK, she already came back with recent singles “Hard Out Here” and “Somewhere Only We Know,” but now she’s back again, so that’s good enough for...Read more