Category: Synthpop

Active Child – You Are All I See

To my ears, electronic music is generally overly synthetic and shallow, while contemporary R&B is unimaginative, redundant, and superficial and are generally both genres I steer clear away from, yet several years ago while listening to my recommendations radio, I came across electronic artist Pat Grossi and his project Active Child. The song that I heard blended the aforementioned genres, (more…)

College – A Real Hero (EP)

I ran across College while watching the movie Drive, which is one of the most badass movies ever made. College is a moniker in which electronic musician David Grellier of France goes under. College was Grellier’s attempt to “sythesize into [his] music the emotions of [his] childhood”. Damn, David, you must have had one hell of a childhood. (more…)


Future Islands – On the Water

Future Islands is a rising synthpop band from Baltimore and consists of Samuel Herring (vocals), Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), and William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars). Most of their music is played through synthesizers and features prominent post-punk style bass lines. Herring has a very distinct voice and sounds very much like Kermit the Frog. On the Water is the group’s third album and is in line with the style from the previous, In Evening Air. On the Water is slow to medium paced and has a very introspective melancholic tone to the music. Some may find the album a little boring and slow, but I tend to like it. Most of the songs are fairly similar in style. (more…)


Adanowsky – Ada

Adán Jodorowsky, or as his musical project is called, Adanowsky, is a very eccentric person, as you could expect from an artist with connections to France, Chile and Mexico. His new album, Ada, marks a dramatic change in, especially, his persona and sound. I discovered Adanowsky through his collaboration with another odd Spanish artist, Carlos Ann. Adanowsky’s previous album, Amador, was primarily in Spanish and had a very classy, melancholic, 70s cabaret sound that I had found quite enjoyable. (more…)


Future Islands – Singles

Fuse, perhaps, Kermit the Frog with David Draiman of Disturbed for vocals with the 80s synth pop sound of Depeche Mode and you will have a very vague idea of the sound of Future Islands with vocalist Samuel T. Herring. Singles expands on the sounds of the band’s prior three albums, this time showcasing more up-tempo electronic elements and more optimistic lyrics.This album does not differ significantly in sound from the previous albums, On the Water and In Evening Air. The unique vocals of Herring are still here. (more…)

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