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Thread: Its been 3 years since I last listened to Synthpop!

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    Smile Its been 3 years since I last listened to Synthpop!

    Hello everyone, old and new!

    I need your help in shifting through all the junk, and getting to the QUALITY music I've missed.

    AND ONE
    PERFIDIOUS WORDS
    DE/VISION
    MELOTRON
    EVILS TOY (SILVERTEARS)
    VNV NATION
    COVENANT
    CAMOUFLAGE
    ASSEMBLAGE 23
    WOLFSHEIM

    Thick bassy electronic music with strong melodic voices, this is the stuff I'm looking for. There's a lot of biased recommendations I received in the past that was driven by religious and/or local acts / affiliated artists with particular labels that I found were worthy of a great big thumbs down.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    -OLMEK

    P.S. Anyone in LA knows what's good with clubs? Last I heard Satellite came back, then before I got a chance they said it closed again. Now all there is is some Club Empire thats all the way in Riverside, F that.

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    Originally posted by OLMEK

    I need your help in shifting through all the junk, and getting to the QUALITY music I've missed.

    AND ONE
    PERFIDIOUS WORDS
    DE/VISION
    MELOTRON
    EVILS TOY (SILVERTEARS)
    VNV NATION
    COVENANT
    CAMOUFLAGE
    ASSEMBLAGE 23
    WOLFSHEIM

    Thick bassy electronic music with strong melodic voices, this is the stuff I'm looking for.
    Have you checked out Provision? Their latest release "The Consequence" is getting good reviews, and Provision's style fits very well with the acts you mention.

    You can hear samples --and a free full-length preview MP3-- at Section 44's site:
    http://www.section44.com
    Methinks you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    Edgar / RE:Active
    http://www.dxtcmusic.com

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    Try these:

    Namnambulu
    Pride and Fall
    Cesium 157
    Z Procheck
    The Azoic
    Frozen Plasma
    Syrian
    Les Anges de la Nuit
    Ayria

    I am not mentioning any of the good regular names here to avoid stating the obvious.

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    Thumbs up Many thanks!

    Daps you guys! I greatly appreciate your time and suggestions.

    Provision - Very good musical arrangments, but the voice is a bit too quirky for me. Its my initial reaction after hearing a few full tracks and samples, so maybe it'll grow. Lyrics are interesting though.

    Namnambulu - I almost forgot about them. Last I heard of them they released their first single with production support by VNV or some other affiliation. Great stuff, the vocalist can get a bit repetitive in his ranges, anyone notice that? Almost like he's a computer. That's a small gripe I have, but for the most part its wonderful music!

    Pride and Fall - heard the tracks on their myspace site. Again, great melodic musical arrangements, and the vocalist does very well during the chorus, but then makes me cringe a bit while waiting for it. The track "Borders" is that hard-hitting style I like, very good ish! Almost a bit like Covenant/Assemblage23.

    "Cesium 157" ?? I think you meant Cesium 137. If so, very delerium-like and/or trancepop, I can dig it. The vocalist seems to know how to work together with that style of music, almost like running with the peak of one of Ronan Harris' tracks. I sampled a few tracks from Metropolis Records. This I'd probably buy if I don't see anything better.

    Z Procheck - Man, I couldn't find anything on the interspace! Anyone have a link where I can hear their music?

    The Azoic - Hmm, a female/male duo over deep electronics, not bad. Don't you agree though that Claire Voyant has a stronger more well-rounded voice?

    Frozen Plasma - The production from this band is SOLID, good quality, but MAN another band in the same category of having an OK singer. I think I'm allergic to light high-pitched voices.

    Gotta bounce right now, I'll check the rest later, I'm thirsty for vaginal secretions. Thank you all again.

    One.

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    On the more Synthpoppy/Less EBMy side try yourself some:
    Rupesh Cartel
    Universal Poplab
    Backlash
    Hype
    I think most of those sites have music clips.
    Crash

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    Try these of the top of my list:

    Synth la musica with clear powerful vocals---
    -Code64
    -Common Dream
    -IMPERATIVE REACTION
    -PORTLAND
    -Seabound
    -SYSTEM SYN


    And if your into synths w/rock (Orgy) try these:
    -TRENCH RUN
    -VHS or BETA
    -Zeromancer

    STEVO

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    Definately check out Invisible Ballet. It's not purely synthpop, since they actually have some hints of the various electronic genres - like trip-hop, electronica, trance etc - in their music. But it's great stuff nonetheless.

    http://www.invisibleballet.com/
    and here are samples of all the tracks on the album (minus one interlude track): http://www.nilaihah.com/escaping_light.htm

    EDIT: huh, it actually seems they're missing the samples from a couple of tracks, but oh well...

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    Originally posted by OLMEK
    Namnambulu - I almost forgot about them. Last I heard of them

    "Cesium 157" ?? I think you meant Cesium 137. If so, very

    Z Procheck - Man, I couldn't find anything on the interspace!

    The Azoic - Hmm, a female/male duo over deep electronics, not bad. Don't you agree though that Claire Voyant has a stronger more well-rounded voice?
    Namnambulu are no more. Reaper (http://www.musicnonstop.org.uk/angst_track2.mp3, http://www.musicnonstop.org.uk/angst_track3.mp3 and http://www.musicnonstop.org.uk/angst_track6.mp3 for samples) and Frozen Plasma have risen from the ashes of NNB (well Reaper already existed before but got more popular in the meanwhile).

    Cesium 137 indeed.

    http://www.zprochek.se/ has no working sound files. try http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/store/...utsideacts.mp3 ,http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/store/...hek_alliam.mp3 and http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/store/..._indespair.mp3

    I still prefer The Azoic. Sounds more energetic to me even if the voice is not so good as CV.

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    Mind.in.a.Box Dreamweb and Lost Alone are really worth a listen.

    Check metro's web site and the link to the MiaB's official site.

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    Originally posted by OLMEK
    Hello everyone, old and new!

    I need your help in shifting through all the junk, and getting to the QUALITY music I've missed.

    AND ONE
    PERFIDIOUS WORDS
    DE/VISION
    MELOTRON
    EVILS TOY (SILVERTEARS)
    VNV NATION
    COVENANT
    CAMOUFLAGE
    ASSEMBLAGE 23
    WOLFSHEIM
    There are some really good suggestions on bands to look into in this thread, quite a few I agree with; bands like, Provision, Ayria, Z Procheck (especially now with their new singer), Code 64, Imperative Reaction and Seabound (as well as Edge of Dawn). However I would be completely remiss if I didn’t suggest checking out CYLAB, very strong female vocals combined with intricate programming…something along the lines of Curve meets Haujobb.

    Other bands I personally have been really taking an interest in lately are (in the same style of the bands you listed, some older, some newer):

    (Absurd) Minds “Noumenon” - http://www.absurdminds.de/
    Belief “No-Place” - http://www.belief.is-here.de/
    Colony 5 “Fixed” - http://www.colony5.com/
    Culture Kultur “Reborn” - http://www.culturekultur.com/
    Goteki “Revolution” - http://www.goteki.com/
    In Strict Confidence “Where Sun and Moon unite” - http://www.instrictconfidence.de/
    Panzerveps “Bastard Love” - http://www.panzerveps.co.uk/
    Plastik “Black Colours”
    Pzychobitch “Electrolicious”
    ReActivate “Reactivate Your Ears” - http://www.reactivate.de/
    Rotersand “Welcome to Goodbye” - http://www.rotersand.net/
    Sero.Overdose “No Time For Silence” - http://www.sero-overdose.de
    Solitary Experiments “Mind Over Matter” - http://www.solitaryexperiments.de/
    Stromkern “Light It Up” - http://www.stromkern.com/
    Underwater Pilots “Tranquil Places” - http://www.underwater-pilots.com/

    Most of these are your basic synth/future type stuff. All very good in their own rights, but of course, tastes vary and I don’t claim all these bands to be cutting edge or entirely ground breaking, just enjoyable. Really, out of all of them, CYLAB does it for me because they’re really doing their own thing and are like a breath of fresh air.

    As for clubs, yeah, I feel your pain. I used to drive out to and DJ at Maschine in Orange County every week but they have since shut their doors. I believe that Satellite is still going, only at a much smaller venue on Santa Monica Blvd at a place called Tempest (I used to DJ a goth club in that venue). Theres also Das Bunker of course, but they're not entirely synth(pop) friendly. There's Infirmary, which is also in the OC but if you're like me and live in LA, thats 40-50 miles oneway and thats no better than driving out to the 909 really. I heard a rumor that Maschine is re-opening in LA, but you know how rumors go.

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    Aaah yes Plastik's "Black Colours" is fantastic. I didn't mention Rotersand or Solitary Experiments because I thought they are a bit harder than the usual concept of synthpop here. But they're great I have to agree.

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    Originally posted by Paradoxxx
    Aaah yes Plastik's "Black Colours" is fantastic. I didn't mention Rotersand or Solitary Experiments because I thought they are a bit harder than the usual concept of synthpop here. But they're great I have to agree.
    I took a chance on mentioning the latest Solitary Experiments album because OLMEK did include VNV Nation in his original listing of bands, and Solitary Experiments lately have adopted a sort of VNV sound/influence. Heh. Rotersand isn't that hard, but then again I listen to Terrorfakt, noise and the likes as well, so everythings synthpop after that ;p

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    @ seraphim,

    Thank you much for the recommendation of CYLAB!

    I visited their MySpace.com site which you provided the link for, and agree with you 100% - very good stuff indeed! I’m really keen on her voice, particularly with the tracks “Dented Halos” and “Satellites”.

    Thanks again!
    Ross


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    Originally posted by simulator
    @ seraphim,

    Thank you much for the recommendation of CYLAB!

    I visited their MySpace.com site which you provided the link for, and agree with you 100% - very good stuff indeed! I’m really keen on her voice, particularly with the tracks “Dented Halos” and “Satellites”.

    Thanks again!
    Ross
    @ simulator

    Hey Ross! Long time! Are you still in the music game?

    No problem about the recommendation, it was a pleasure and ok, a little self-serving as my wife is one half of the band. Seems like everyone is taking a liking to “Dented Halos”, it’s definitely the most club accessible track on the album (it’s their four on the floor song). The band is currently working on a West Coast tour as well as a remix album with some great names reworking the songs.

    “Satallites”, like most of the songs, are amazing pieces of work if you truly take the time to listen to the programming of them. Of course you’d like them

    Hope all is well with you and your girl.

    Take care!

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    Guys, again I greatly appreciate your input. I look over these later on tonight or tomorrow and give some feedback.

    Edit: Woah, so far Solitary Experiments and Blutengel's new album has caught my attention. Still checking the rest.

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    Olmek you might like the stuff from my band the Daily Worker. I think we have a few songs on there you've never heard. The music is similar to older DM and AND ONE.

    http://www.myspace.com/thedailyworker

    http://thedailyworker.net/index.html

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    Holy shit Olmek....good to see you back...are you still the AND ONE informant??
    Costa Rica Synthfest, April 1st 06
    www.crsynthfest.com

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    Olmek - besides the new Mesh, forget synthpop and just buy the new Placebo and Nightmare of You albums...that'll take care of ya for a good six months.

    Oh, the new Blind Faith and Envy album is awesome too, don't forget that.
    \"I\'m just an ordinary man
    With extraordinary hands
    I don\'t want to hear your answers
    I don\'t have the big plan\"

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    Originally posted by Dan1boy
    Olmek - besides the new Mesh, forget synthpop and just buy the new Placebo and Nightmare of You albums...that'll take care of ya for a good six months.

    Oh, the new Blind Faith and Envy album is awesome too, don't forget that.
    ditto on mesh
    kick back
    play loud

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    last three years has seen tonnes of excrement released claiming to be synthpop. Luckily the mainstream has a tonne of great electropop for your audio pleasure:

    Timo Mass/Placebo/Goldfrapp/ IamX/Madonna/The Faint/Covenant/And One(new album coming soon)
    music for deviant boy\'s and girls f**k playing master and servent\'s
    this is the new s**t

    http://www.thethoughtcriminals.com

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