Jointpop – Amplify – Audio

The rock’n’roll quintet Jointpop from Trinidad and Tobago will be releasing the LP FROM TRINIDAD​.​.​.​WITH LOVE on the 1st of May.



The first track to surface from the album (which is available on bandcamp), the second of the eleven – Amplify – is of quite different root-stock than music of theirs featured over the years with the synth playing a far more prominent role and creating a song that minds of early ’80s synthpop.

It will be interesting to discover if Amplify is an outlier or the fulcrum for FROM TRINIDAD​.​.​.​WITH LOVE.

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Oranj Son – Radio Wires – Single Review

The English synth-rock trio Oranj Son release the single Radio Wires tomorrow.

Oranj Son

Oranj Son

Combining sweeping synth with dreamy vocal Radio Wires is a track that the listener immediately puts on the shortlist to consider for playing at their own funeral as the haunting beauty fills the mind with retrospective memories, as if that wasn’t enough of a delight, the bustling drum-kit and expansive guitar create a feeling not of loss, rather of enthused optimism.

It is of no surprise that, with their delicately balanced creativity, Oranj Son are fast gaining traction and it can only before a matter of a short while before they become a far more globally recognised sound. I look forward to following their progression over the coming years.

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Hedge Fund – True Romance – Single Review

The Australian synth-rock outfit Hedge Fund released the single True Romance on the 16th.

Hedge Fund - True Romance

Hedge Fund

Having regularly featured since their introduction in 2015, though not for over a year now, True Romance finds Hedge Fund in more introspective mood than music of theirs previously shared.

The gap in new material and the more sadcore reflection are due to the same reasons. A tumultuous year has seen the death of a father and the breakdown of a marriage for the lead singer Will Colvin, resulting in a lyric that contemplates the loss of the most important people in ones life and the associated frustration, sense of failure and feeling of desperate isolation, yet through the dour thoughts the music is of comforting embrace as the instruments pulse through the speakers as the synth floats listlessly, creating a cathartic moment of sadness.

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FAN – Bob1 – Audio

The US synth-rock project of Meric Long  – FAN  – releases the LP Barton’s Den on the 4th of May.



The ten track album (available on bandcamp) was originally never intended to exist, though as a stack of songs began to surface from what had started out as experimenting with writing songs for synthesiser having inherited a couple of synths from Meric’s deceased father,  making a change from experience as a seasoned musicians in writing songs for guitar.

It wasn’t until a long term contact began to listen to the tracks and prompt Meric to consider putting together something more organised that the idea of FAN emerged and hence the début LP Barton’s Den.

The most recent track to surface and opening song is Bob1.


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Nightmare Air – Who’s Your Lover – Audio

The US synth-rock trio Nightmare Air release the LP Fade Out on the 26th of February.

Nightmare Air - photo by Andie Mills (@buzzbandsla)

Nightmare Air – photo by Andie Mills (@buzzbandsla)

The nine track album (available through Nevado) will be available on various formats, including Vinyl and on listening to the roughly thirty four minutes release I can only advise that this is an LP to own as the 12″ platter to fully enjoy the luxurious melting flow of vocals, electronica, and instrumentation which curls out of the speakers.

The only track I am able to feature, at present, is the opener – Who’s Your Lover – a song which provides fair reflection of the thickly piled carpet of sound which follows in the remaining eight songs.

Who’s Your Lover is a pulsating composition, driven, as it is by persuasive beat and drum-kit with the bass layering a deeper resonance to the pacing while the drifting notes of guitar weave through the electronics as vocal whispers in the ear.

When the album comes out do take a heading to Dark Vice, the penultimate track with its shifting patterns of mood set within a gazey gothic framework.

A band with a significant following already, their North Western European Tour supporting Gary Numan in March, will help to build the audience further.

Mar 2. Stokholm. Kagelbanan

Mar 3. Malmo. Kulturbolaget

Mar 4. Olso. Parkteatret

Mar 5. Copenhagen. Pumpehuset

Mar 7. Utrecht. Tivoli

Mar 8. Antwerp. Trix

Mar 9. Luxembourg

Mar 10. Oberhausen, Germany

Mar 12. Portsmouth. Pyramids Centre

Mar 13. Warwick. Arts Centre

Mar 14. Leicester. O2 Academy

Mar 16. Edinburgh. Assembly Rooms

Mar 17. Middlesbrough. Empire

Mar 19. Preston. Guild Hall

Mar 20. Hull. City Hall

Mar 21. Sheffield. The Foundry

Mar 23. Isle Of Man. Villa Marina

Mar 24. Liverpool. O2 Academy

Mar 25. Northampton. Roadmenders

Mar 28. Belfast. The Limelight

Mar 29. Dublin. Olympia Theatres


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