Posts tagged ‘synth’

Too Hot From the Start

By | April, 30, 2012

Let the electro pop renaissance commence! Here’s one from the bros in MGMT, way back when they were still known as The Management. “Hot Love Drama” has to be the single off their 2005 album, Climbing to New Lows, that really sparked the band’s rise to success.

More Harps & Hip-Hop

By | April, 3, 2012

To shift into something a little less cosmic, but still heavy on the synths and electronics, I want to feature an artist who put out another of my favorite albums of 2011. LA’s Pat Grossi goes by the name Active Child, and his debut full length album You Are All I See was a slice of heavenly ambient music blended with ethereal R&B influenced vocals. Active Child makes use of various 80′s styled analog synths, but layers them over much more updated electronic drumbeats that carry a distinct Hip-Hop flavor. The real ‘X-Factors’ at play are his uniquely engaging falsetto vocals and the harp, which he plays live in concert. The harp seems so out of place, but in fact I have featured this odd combination before in this post about Teebs. Watch “Hanging On” below to see how Active Child rocks it in this setting.

Haunted Graffiti

By | March, 8, 2012

Many credit Ariel Pink as being the godfather of the chillwave movement. What do you think? Please excuse the weird intro with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.

I Am Ready for a Fall

By | February, 9, 2012

To return to the theme that began our week, I am posting a song released back in 2008 by Hot Chip on their third album, Made in the Dark. The band received a Grammy nod for this quirky nugget of dance pop, but as you can assume they did not win the award for Best Dance Recording. Fortunately enough, the recognition was given to the Kings of French House music, Daft Punk, for their hit “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Check out the Batman/Joker inspired video for “Ready For The Floor” below. The dancing girls bring to mind memories of Robert Palmer’s iconic 80′s video for “Addicted To Love”. It almost makes perfect sense, since both songs are a fusion of rock and dance music.