Archive for October, 2012

Three artists we’re digging this week

Posted in Observations with tags , , on October 9, 2012 by softsynth

We’ve been awash with all the news of some of the biggest acts in electronic music queuing up new albums for 2013 (MESH, IAMX, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, HTDA) and are jazzed about some other great bands with upcoming new releases, like Chew Lips or Shiny Toy Guns, but meantime there’s a steady stream of great stuff on the go. A few we’ve been particularly digging this week include…

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Review: Dragonette – Bodyparts

Posted in Review with tags on October 1, 2012 by softsynth

We were prepared to hate it.

It’s a strange thing to say – their startling debut, Galore, topped our very first best electronic albums of the year list in 2007, and their second album, Fixin’ to Thrill was a solid, fun follow-up, and another to make our best of the year list. So why face this one with anything but excitement and a sense of urgency?

Dragonette have been on an interesting journey. They started as a hybrid band that used electronics as an augment to the more traditional instrumentation which was still  very prominent. Their debut had a greasy, unfinished vibe that ensured it never got too slick. It was alternative rock with a nice electronic edge. It was rough around the edges while still maintaining a glam sheen. Since that time they have moved further and further in the sudsy direction, cleaning up the scene, edging increasingly toward the pop  and away from the rough. Then they started working with Martin Solveig on a series of hyper-glossy tracks, most famously, the it single “Hello”. They followed up with the ill-conceived summer double a-side “Our Summer/Volcano” and then the similarly shiny “Let it Go”, an uninspired song that added nothing to the Dragonette cannon.  The band posted snippets of the new album on their website and taken in teeny, infinitesimal bites, this collection sounded similarly overly glossed. Like Katy Perry crossed with a drag discotheque. Not impressive. The most purely electronic album to date from the band also seeming to be the most soulless.  Continue reading