Archive for April, 2013

Review: Love and Radiation – You Will Know Me

Posted in Review with tags on April 20, 2013 by softsynth

While we loved the first two singles we heard from this Chicago duo, we were nervous that they wouldn’t be able to sustain a full album’s worth of material and keep the songs distinct or interesting. We needn’t have worried. The whole thing kicks serious, genuine ass.

What sounds at first listen like pretty standard synthpop is actually so much more. Members Lakshmi Ramgopal and Adele Nicholas have crafted something with a lot of layers and something strangely original while still drawing the best from the familiar tropes.  Continue reading

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Review: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – English Electric

Posted in Review with tags , on April 20, 2013 by softsynth

This is more like it. When the “classic” OMD lineup reunited a couple of years ago to record new material for the first time since 1988 it was with bated breath fans of olde waited for the inevitable genius therein but instead we were treated to a lukewarm collection that felt more like the late-era McCluskey-only projects instead of what we remembered. But this time Paul Humphries seems to have been given more reign and this one is a keeper.

So, this out of the way first, it ain’t perfect. Not enough of the songs really pop and the memorable hooks could be in greater supply, but on the whole, this is the album we’ve been waiting for. There are so many delightful quirks and crannies it’s hard to know where to start.  Continue reading

“Electronic Sound” gives new voice to electronic music

Posted in News with tags on April 17, 2013 by softsynth

Reborn from a one-issue print version, “Electronic Sound” is now a tablet-publication highlighting the best of electronic music.  It looks great and covers a wide swath of our genre and is a much-needed resource. Very exciting mag and needs your support. Now it’s available all over, not just in the European confines that limited distribution of the print version.

Check out details at www.electronicsound.co.uk. The first issue of this incarnation features Karl Bartos, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Gary Numan, Dave Clarke, Marsheaux and Mesh.