The synthwave quartet of Ellie Linden, Kim, Patrik and Didrik from Oslo in Norway who form the band Das Body will be releasing their eponymous EP on the 28th.
Das Body – photo by Hsiang Hsiang Wang
Soaked in ’80s synth influences Das Boot create music that has a drifting melancholia which weaves through tracks that reflect of both the upbeat spirit of their home town, while anchored in the lesser well perceived introspective air of a city with globally common issues of stark social divide.
The second of the four tracks on the EP, which is available on bandcamp is Know My Name.
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The Taiwanese synthwave quartet The Fur. release the LP Town on the 30th.
The first song of the eight to be revealed from the album, Short Stay (available on bandcamp), shimmers through the room minding of light refracting through a slowly rotating crystal as the luxurious layering of the music mesmerises the mind.
The preamble of the duo of guitars affords the song a shoegaze inflection prior to the synth and vocal bestowing Short Stay with its softened down feathers and although lasting less than four minutes the listener remains with slowed heart rate for some considerable time, foretelling of an LP to gently cradle on its release.
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Half Human, the Australian synthwave project, released the single A1 Club today.
An appropriately named project with the combinations of instrumentation, voice and synthetics creating a generous spread of becalming retrospective music.
Not in a significant rush to lay out their stall the new single A1 Club first reared its head as a conceptual idea over a year ago, though makes a welcome addition to the limited collection of songs around.
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The Canadian synthwave project of Ariel Engle – La Force – will be releasing the eponymous LP on the 7th of September.
A nine track album of entrancing spectral weave which captivates the listener who becomes enveloped in the silken thread as it drifts calmly through the ears in soft dreamy focus.
The LP release is being supported by a trans-continental tour
SEP 4 TUE Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
SEP 5 WED L’Olympia – Paris, France
SEP 9 SUN Coliseu De Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
SEP 19 WED The 27 Club – Ottawa, Canada
SEP 21 FRI Centre Phi – Montréal, Canada
SEP 22 SAT Boquébière – Sherbrooke, Canada
SEP 23 SUN L’anti Bar & Spectacles – Ville De Québec, Canada
OCT 10 WED Mercury Lounge – New York, NY, United States
OCT 12 FRI Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA, United States
The third song on the album is Ready To Run.
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It is always a delight to return to the English synthwave duo From Apes To Angels who first featured in 2015.
From Apes To Angels
On the 30th they will be releasing their latest single Mere Mortal – a track that takes the listener back to Sheffield in the late ’70s and early ’80s – which is somehow appropriate given that one half of the duo is from Sheffield. Once again rather than sounding a pastiche of what has gone before From Apes To Angels are able turn the retrospective references in to a song which is suitably attired for today, with its busier tempo.
Word also arrives that this year has more to come, with possibilities of further collaborations, more singles and the possibility of an EP or LP – I look forward to firming up on news.
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