Entries in electropop (17)
Apparently LCTRISC is code for "elektrisk," which translates from Sweden to electric.
The music video for Swedish duo LCTRICS's "Sunbird" was shot this summer with Johan Stolpe. It has a clear cinematic touch with a story set in a dystopian Scandinavian landscape. A girl and a boy try to find refuge from an autocratic society. Don't expect a sunny tale.
"The dream would be to make a whole motion picture of this song" says LCTRISC.
"Electro Pop for a rainy day, a blissed out dance floor or a late night drive."
Kites With Lights is an indie electro pop / synth pop band, and the pseudonym for the music of Jonah Cordy. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania currently based in Georgia, Kites With Lights has been around since '05 when 2 self produced E.P.'s got some radio play in the U.S., U.K. and Sweden. In 2007 the single, "It's On" was released on Swedish label Electric Fantastic Sound. In 2009 the "The Weight Of Your Heart", and "I Wish Every Other Day Was Christmas" was released on the Tampa based record label 24 Hour Service Station. "Cosmonauts" is the newest cut and officially debuts August 9th.
The band formerly known as Games, Ford & Lopatin, are set to release their debut LP, Channel Pressure, on June 7. The title track, "Emergency Room" was released in March, fanning the flames for the increasingly hyped electronic duo after last year's EP favorites "Planet Party" and "Strawberry Skies."
Channel Pressure is an uninhibited exposé of talented electronic musicians modernizing catchy 80's pop with modern-day synthesizers and hipster beats that the kids will eat up; no more evident than in their brand new video depiction for "World Of Regret."
The equally catchy and dancy original - as a music video
If Gwen Stefani turned the clock back twenty years and started an electro dance punk band, they'd look and sound like Cassette Kids.
Lead singer Katrina Noorbergen is joined by three of her mates, guitarist Dan Schober, bassist Dan Deitz and drummer Jake Read-Harber. Formed in 2007, the Aussie's have built quite the following back home as they've since taken their 2010 debut album, Nothing on TV, on the road, touring with Kids of 88 in NYC just last month.
Stay tuned on Cassette Kids, Sony Music has already taken notice.
In filtering through all of the SXSW playlists this week, Reptar's sound immediately jumped off the page. Passion Pit and Animal Collective fans pay attention.
The self-proclaimed space chasm electro pop dance band, Reptar, sat down with Thrillist this week and offered these words as an answer to what people should expect from their live shows, "a swirling nucleus of confetti-infused whipped cream bubble bath topped off with a neon space chasm megaphone. And all that's colored in black lights and phosphorus and bio-luminescent fluorescent spraypaint, and there might be some chocolate sauce sometimes, but we try to stay away from that. Bubble bath is kind of the foundation that everything's based off of." Sweet.
Unsurprisngly, Ben Adams (of Animal Collective) is the producer behind this four-track EP released early last year, likely just scratching the surface for a band that has a ton of potential.
Catch them in Austin this week and see the rest of the above interview here.
At the top of Australia's dance scene for years, Cut Copy's release of Zonoscope, their third studio album, will send their fine-tuned 80's-influenced synth-pop sounds into the ears of many new fans this year. It wouldn't surprise me if it does for Cut Copy what Wolfgang Amadeus did for Phoenix - transform a hometown and blogosphere favorite into international stardom.
Despite the initial hesitation to post due to the high volume of press (Pitchfork gave it an 8.6), the album, officially released today, is too good to pass on (I give it a 9.2). "Take Me Over" and "Where I'm Going" are the band's first title tracks, but the below two are playing on repeat in the troysnoise studio (picture forthcoming) this week. Refreshingly, almost every song is longer than four minutes, with the fifteen minute, "Sun God," demanding introspection as an entrancing and ubiquitous album finale. Modernizing all the beauty of 80's electro-pop, Cut Copy morphs their evolved sound into an addictive dance-rock masterpiece. Support the crew and purchase Zonoscope.
Part 4 of the documentary film about the making of Zonoscope.
Foster The People has taken the infectious up-tempo haziness of "Pumped Up Kids" and saturated it with Ratatat-like synth and electro-pop hooks and high notes, creating a phenomenal new track - "Helena Beat."
Released yesterday, it's the newest single off the forthcoming Pumped Up Kicks EP from FTP, due out Jan. 25. The most popular track of their prior six, "Pumped Up Kicks," caught fire early last year and has helped the group stay relevant pending further validation.
In the studio for the past six months they've been, "coming up with a body of work that nobody has heard yet." After hearing "Helena Beat," it might actually happen.
I took a sip of somethin' poison but I holddd onnn tight
Gypsy & The Cat are two ridiculously talented 21-year-old DJs, Xavier Bacash & Lionel Towers, who just over a year ago began making absurdly catchy originals in their Melbourne garage.
This is a sound we haven't been able to get enough of lately. Think Empire of the Sun and Strange Talk, the smoothness and softer pop rock style of Fleetwood Mac, topped with an infectiousness that will have you floating free from a care in the world.
Slightly legitimizing - after recording their debut album that was released in November 2010, Gilgamesh, Gypsy moved to London to mix the album with David Fridmann (of Mercury Rev fame and producer of MGMT, Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to name a few) and Rich Costey (producer of amongst others, Muse, Mew, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas).
You'll find yourself playing these on repeat, because they feel like a new song each time.
Gypsy & The Cat - "Jona Vark" (Gilgamesh)
It's Groove Armada on xanax. Based in Sydney, the Garçon Garçon duo features what we've come to expect from an Australian synth group - catchy 80's-inspired electro beats meshed with smoothly gliding vocals.
Meeting a year and a half ago, Nick (synth/programming) has a background in classical music, "playing piano in the lunchroom by himself," and eventually delving into the electro music world. Nathan (guitar/vocals) has a rock and roll background, growing up listening to Nirvana and Courtney Love.
The below tracks are demos they've released in advance of the full EP release in the summer of 2011. It's name, perhaps unoriginally (or is it?) is EP.
It's a curse / I see the future
Wow. We present Oslo, Norway's finest new electronic duo - Lemâitre. Think Daft Punk, Justice, and Pretty Lights with the expected superior dj work (Ketil), and then add in perfectly positioned synthed vocals and a live electric guitar (Ulrik) and you get Lemâitre's masterful creation bringing dancy house and smooth indie pop together. With a myspace page created less than four months ago and still unsigned, these guys have put together 8 dope tracks showing off serious mainstream appeal. With less than 1,000 page views as of today, they haven't been "discovered" either.
If you've been reppin' troysnoise then you already got a taste from Monday Facelift #3 when we dropped "The Friendly Sound." We didn't realize at first all that Lemâitre had to offer. To be clear, the Facelift is reserved for 1. semi-mainstream and 2. "best of the rest" that isn't necessarily deserving of a front pager but you definitely still need to hear. After finding and listening to their other 7 songs, it was obvious they didn't belong in that group because of #2. It's not a matter of if, but when this Norwegian-duo also violates #1. Unless you're hard of hearing, we think you'll agree. Watch the splendid videos (including "Come Again"), listen to these tracks, and then download it all for free at their soundcloud page right here.
Jimmy shoots Mitch / Jimmy laughs / Cuz his last words were / Karma's a bitch
(guy @ 1:09 stole my dance move)
They describe their music as "a cross between a late 80's police drama intro theme and a sophisticated super hussy," citing influences as "groove, mood, and slutty arrangements. 16th hi hats and hand claps. Culture and couture, gangster and glamour." Took the words right out of my mouth.
They've joined fellow New Zealander's The Naked and Famous (mentioned here at TROYSNOISE last month) on tour and just stopped off in New York for CMJ, which gave me the chance to check them and their first album, Sugarpills, out live. Still largely undiscovered here in the U.S., they played a half-full Williamsburg dive bar Friday bringing in about 40 people for the show, half of whom just had no where else to be. Check out my poorly filmed YouTube clip of "My House" and then watch this video of "Just a Little Bit" which was a winner of #1 single and #1 video at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.
I mentioned Kids of 88 to one of my buddies' bands, Heylady, and they liked them so much that within a month they decided to do a great cover of "Downtown." After seeing them play last Friday in Williamsburg, one of the Heylady band members talked to Ko88 after their show to tell them about it and they were blown away that people here in the states had already picked up on them. Check it out.