I'm going to start a weekly article that will come out each Sunday called Synthetic Reflections. I will be using this space to cover what I've been listening to over the past week that may or may not fit in with an overall synthwave/synthpop aesthetic, revisiting previously covered material that I can't get enough of, or other miscellaneous musical ruminations. Alright, now that I've laid the groundwork, let's get to it!
April 19th saw the release of The Destroyer -1 by TR/ST. If you're going to do a split album, what better way to do it than by starting things off with one of 2019's best electronic albums. Here's the music video for "Gone" to prove my point. This hasn't been far away from the PLAY button on my Apple Music app since it came out.
They've been knocking on the door for a few years now but I think 2019 is the year that 3TEETH knock the walls down. With a new album titled Metawar due out this summer, a headlining tour with Author & Punisher and Gost, and a handful of teaser tracks like the one I've linked below, 3TEETH are offering the equivalent of a musical red pill...an opportunity to see how deep the rabbit hole of our reality goes.
Speaking of tours, Nitzer Ebb is making their way across the United States for the first time in almost a decade. It was announced that Liebknecht, side project of Haujobb's Daniel Myer, is going to be joining the tour as support. Echosynthetic will be covering the Atlanta show!
Falling firmly in the "I Can't Stop Listening To This Song" category, "Won't Compromise" by Diamond Field & Bob Haro is pure synthpop perfection. The music video is so well done, I couldn't help but share it!
Industrial pop's stalwart Aesthetic Perfection has new music (their 5th, titled Into the Black), an upcoming tour, and a new music video. If you've not had the opportunity to catch an AP live show, stop what you're doing right now and snag tickets for your nearest date. In the meantime, enjoy "No Boys Allowed!" I've had this record on repeat!
It's no secret that The Human League were pioneers in the world of synthpop music. I was listening 1st Wave on SiriusXM radio and Richard Blade played "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of" off of their breakthrough album, Dare. I want you to listen to this song and then think about the fact that it was released in 1981. After that I want you to compare it to what other bands in synthpop were doing that same year. Not only were they light years ahead of the competition, they were also laying the groundwork for every other band to follow. Brilliant stuff!
Thanks for hanging out all the way to the end of the first ever Synthetic Reflections! Be sure to check back next week to see what I have up my sleeves!