Figure Study is a minimal synth band based in NYC. According to the description of their self-titled LP on Dark Entries, members Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara met at a Wierd Party event in 2009 and began collaborating soon after. Their music evokes a sense of gloomy foreboding while still remaining very danceable. Loneliness and distance tinge each song, but the soundscape somehow leaves the listener feeling energized instead of desolate. This is an album I’d love to listen to while walking the streets of a city I’ve never been to before, at night.
In addition to their debut LP, Figure Study also has one single available. ‘Lesson One’ was my introduction to this great band, and remains one of my favourites. You can listen to Figure Study by buying their music from Dark Entries, visiting their Soundcloud, or streaming on Spotify or Rdio.
It being my first post, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate the entry to the band who inspired this blog’s name. La Fete Triste is a coldwave/post-punk band from Berlin, and my first listen to them was their energetic cover of ‘Kühle Lippen’ by Die Selektion. ‘Lèvres Froides’ caught my interest immediately – the song is filled with otherworldly, upbeat synth sounds that made me visualize secret caves filled with glittering stalagmites (I don’t know – I get weird mental images when listening to some songs). The vocals are cooly languid and dreamlike, which really adds to an already interesting series of instrumental twists and turns.
The label to which La Fete Triste are signed, aufnahme + wiedergabe, is definitely worth checking out if you are interested in coldwave and experimental synth music. Some other notable artists I’ve checked out and loved have been In Death It Ends, Lebanon Hanover, Frank (Just Frank), Xiu, and many more. I hope to cover the above bands in more detail as I continue blogging, but by all means go check out what aufnahme + wiedergabe have in their catalogue now and let me know what you think!
Also while writing this post I noticed La Fete Triste has a split release coming out with NYC’s The Harrow on May 14th – check out the tracks here before they’re released: Giant/Axis. I’m excited! The Harrow is another great band to check out and one of the members, Frankie Teardrop, is the man behind the awesome Systems of Romance blog I’ll probably talk about from time to time. His blog is an awesome way to get introduced to out of print coldwave/synth/post-punk/italo disco gems, and I had the pleasure of attending a Wierd Party in October 2012 that he was DJing. It was my first trip to New York, and my first club night hearing all of this music I deeply loved get played loudly amongst strangers who were also loving it. I shyly approached the DJ (who, it turns out, was Frankie himself) and asked if he would by any chance be posting his setlist online later, as there were a lot of songs I hadn’t heard before and really enjoyed. He kindly told me all setlists are posted on the Wierd Party website, and there it later appeared. Thanks for the music, sir!
Like the music? Buy La Fete Triste music directly from the aufnahme + wiedergabe catalogue Bandcamp page here.