Archive for January, 2010

Review: Hot Chip – One Life Stand

Posted in Review with tags , on January 26, 2010 by softsynth

Boy, the difference between a first listen to a new album and subsequent listens can be pretty stark. Never more so than when discovering the newest from the UK’s Hot Chip. Their 2008 release Made in the Dark was just this side of revelatory with constantly unexpected bursts of energy, weird rhythms, lots of stop-start-explain what we’re doing now breaks. It was both fun and challenging at the same time. Their challenge to follow-up such an interesting piece of work was stiff.

Coming into this release the five piece sent up two songs, the brilliant title track,  the most infectious, fun, damn catchy single released thus far this year (okay we’re about four weeks into “this year” but still…) and the darker, unusual-for-this-band “Take It In” which has been compared to Depeche Mode which is nonsense but it is more bass-heavy, dark and gothy than we’ve ever heard Hot Chip and the one-two punch of these teasers made for great anticipation for the album to come. Continue reading


Goldfrapp revving up the Rocket

Posted in News with tags , , on January 25, 2010 by softsynth

So there are places you can now hear the forthcoming new single from Goldfrapp including at YouTube (see/hear below) and the jury is still out on what this new album is really going to sound like.

Much of the discussion surrounding the new single has centred on its early 80s sound and yeah, it’s there in spades. Specifically many have compared it to the Pointer Sisters and once again, yeah. The main synth line sounds like it was lifted from “I’m So Excited”, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Continue reading

Coachella looks sweet for the electronic fan

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by softsynth

The new Coachella lineup has been officially announced and it’s killing Softsynth at our inability to attend this year (next year is planned but that was before this killer line up materialized). Lots of our favourite artists from all genres are on tap but in the electronic vibe our community is particularly well represented, not least of which by Gary Numan and Little Boots who appear on the same day (and we would imagine will revisit their awesome collaboration on the Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs”, see below).

Also: La Roux, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, MGMT, Devo (freaking DEVO!), The Big Pink, Phoenix, and a slew of smaller, less well known genre bands. (And beyond electronic music the chance to see Muse, The Dead Weather, Public Image Ltd, Gorillaz, Dirty Projectors, Thom Yorke and Pavement all on one bill is enough to give us a case of the vapors.)

Killing. Softynth. Want to go so very much.

If you’re in Southern California April 16-18 so very worth checking out…

Watch: Venus in Furs

See, Nine Inch Nails aren’t going anywhere

Posted in News with tags on January 8, 2010 by softsynth

Trent Reznor could have been a little clearer at the time he announced for all intents and purposes that Nine Inch Nails were calling it a day. As we speculated at the time, it sounded like he was simply talking about live shows and left the door open for more recorded material and sure enough, on the NIN website he announced:

“2010 has a number of things planned including new material from Nine Inch Nails and something else that isn’t Nine Inch Nails. I am in a state of rediscovery and reinvention that feels unfamiliar, unsure and exactly what I need.” And we breath a sigh of relief. After reaching greater and greater heights of artistic achievement in recent years we want to hear what else Reznor has in store. Add this to the list of albums we are anticipating like giddy schoolgirls…