I shouldn’t be surprised to hear of yet another amazing Vancouver post-punk band – after all, this is the city that brings us Spectres, Mode Moderne, and about a hundred other bands I’m kicking myself for forgetting to mention. However, Flowers & Fire (who just released their demo on Bandcamp here a few days ago) have a completely old school sound that is making me VERY excited to see them play live tonight. Definitely check them out if you’re feeling nostalgic for great 80s post-punk.
This week’s album on repeat is Signals From Afar by a fairly unknown 80s band called The Shortwave Mystery. A duo from California, in 1985 they apparently released a 12″ of the above song, Pilots, that was so unsuccessful that the majority of the records ended up in a landfill. How they didn’t take off is beyond me – their songs combine the best parts of synthpop and minimal-synth, with some EBM sprinkled in for good measure. However, due to resurging interest in the 80s synth scene, the band re-issued their songs into a full-length album a few years ago.
Signals From Afar is excellent from beginning to end – I haven’t been this excited about stumbling upon a band in at least a couple of months. Which actually says a lot. I get excited pretty often.
You can buy their releases directly from the label that re-issued them here.
Quick post about this solo minimal-synth project from Chicago called Stacian. There’s some great classic analog sounds here, and I’m really enjoying the Songs For Cadets release. Beep boops, lo-fi quality and echoey female vocals: these are a few of my favourite things – as if you didn’t know that by now. Check out more songs on Stacian’s Bandcamp here.
Just stumbled upon Voltheque, a really neat synth project from Philadelphia. I’ve Known All Along, their second big release, has some songs with a fantastic 80s synthpop feel that I’m really loving. There’s a very diverse mix of moods on the album in addition to high tempo dance numbers – ‘The Bells’ is a spooky spoken word track, and ‘The Stillness’ has a swaying and hypnotic atmosphere that makes for a great closing song.
Listening to I’ve Known All Along in its entirety is kind of making my Friday. You can find it here at their Bandcamp.
Sounds like there’s an amazing new project forming in Berlin…Laslo Antal of Sixth June and Sally Dige Jørgensen have teamed up to form Cult Club, a minimal synth project that sounds really promising from the two tracks I’ve heard so far. ‘All The People’ has a relaxed, almost ethereal vibe while ‘Why Do You Go?’ picks up the pace by being amazingly catchy and danceable. I can’t find any information about ordering or downloading their music, but they do have a Soundcloud and an official site that is being updated. If you like Sixth June or Sally Dige I highly recommend checking out Cult Club – it’s a great melding of their distinctive sounds.
Just a quick post about a great local band that played a show here in Vancouver last night. Fake Tears are a synthpop duo who play somewhat eerie tunes that are super catchy. They’re fun and I’m really enjoying the songs they have up on their Bandcamp page here, and looking forward to future releases from them!