10. Von Kaiser - Glossy
After they started releasing music late last year, 2019 saw Von Kaiser improve with each release. The balance between atmosphere, melody, and groove on the four songs on Glossy are stellar. The multiple vocalists work well together and the longer track
Music doesn’t have to take itself super seriously to be seriously good. Grangeweird, the latest split EP from Belfast synth warlocks Alpha Chrome Yayo and Danny Madigan is infectious for a multitude of reasons. While the melodies and production deserve mention, there is an undeniable
Ukraine-based synth wizard Earmake’s newest LP Parallels is a cosmic-tinged dreamscape of cinematic sounds, distinct grooves, and tight melodies.
Parallels opens with “Regulus”, a track that is distinct in the way that it tames the grit of the main synth into something melodic and beautiful. There
Synth and Soul Collide in Ride
Moonraccoon and Gryff were both artists with strong showings in 2018, so seeing the two collaborate on Ride should be a delight to any fan of the genre. Swedish-based Moonraccoon’s style has always been a fine balance between the cinematic
If there’s one thing that Turbo Knight’s The Citadel EP demonstrates a mastery of, its depth.
Findland-based Turbo Knight's January 2019 release has four new tracks and three remixes and each track has a real sense of space that lends itself to headphones and larger speakers.
Moonraccoon’s 2017 debut Sunset City saw the Swedish producer craft 10 pulsing and infectious songs, many of which featuring collaborators like emotional crooner Thunder Porpoise or the synth shredder Straplocked. While those collaborative tracks were fantastic, it was on album midpoint “Midnight Cruise” that Moonraccoon
It’s hard to think of synthwave’s most iconic artists and think of genre giants FM-84, a group which added singer/songwriter Ollie Wride to their ranks in 2017. While FM-84 has a strong pop sensibility, Wride holds nothing back while cranking up catchiness and wearing his
The Midnight is the gift that keeps on giving this summer. Social media has been flooded the past two weeks with positive responses to the duo’s single “Lost Boy”, which we covered here. Tim McEwen and Tyler Lyle aren’t content to rest on their laurels,
Hungarian production company Mihaszna Film has crafted an 80’s-inspired, reference-laden music video for AMIGOD’s track “Szeress Reám”. The song, the title of which translates in English to “Love Me”, is an absolute banger from one of Eastern Europe’s stalwarts of metal music Leander Köteles. Rounding
March may come in like a lion but Mecha Maiko made sure that February 2018 didn’t end with a whimper. Hayley Stewart, former half of Dead Astronauts, accomplishes a lot in her 10 track debut that proves to be infectious, exciting, and introspective pop-infused synthwave.
Darksynth for society's nervous breakdown.
Scandroid - MonochromeDetroit based Scandroid is back with his much anticipated sophomore album, “Monochrome.” This album follows close (less than a year) on the heels of his lauded breakout self-titled album, “Scandroid.”