The Shortwave Mystery

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.

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2 thoughts on “The Shortwave Mystery

  1. What the hell! This isn’t bad! Hits all the high spots, reminds me of a slowed-down Rational Youth for some reason. I can think of a lot of other music I’d consign to a landfill before this….

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