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Review: Psy’Aviah – Introspection ~ Extrospection

Posted in Review with tags , on December 3, 2011 by softsynth

We’ve been along for the ride with Belgium’s Psy’Aviah since the beginning, picking up their debut Creationism on a whim knowing nothing about this emerging duo but quickly becoming an enthusiastic convert. We were blown away by their last album, the awesomely-titled, Eclectric and it quickly became clear this was a band unafraid to experiment, to mess about with their formula, in the name of trying everything that occurred to them to try. It’s made for some hits (in the metaphoric sense, chart hits aren’t necessarily part of their menu) and some misses, but in the end one can’t help but respect their willingness to try pretty much anything in pursuit of an interesting idea.

On their newest album, Introspection ~ Extrospection, we find a lot of hits, a lot of misses, but always that experimental spirit that remains as exciting as ever.  Continue reading

The Softsynth 2010 playlist

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by softsynth

Daunting is the idea of having to single out singles.

a) What do singles even mean in 2010? The digital age, the era of the pre-release leak, the lack of any physical “release” for all intents and purposes, the absence of any television presence where videos are played in any meaningful way – all have lead to a music world where a so-called “single” means no more than any other stand-out track on an album.

b) If breaking down the best albums in a particular genre is as daunting as it was in 2010, the idea of having to attack the mountain of meaningful electronic songs and somehow rank them in a consequential way is beyond the mental capacity of this blogger.

That said, each year there rises an honour roll of sorts, in absolutely no particular order at all, no “first”, no “last” . just those songs (yes, usually singles, but not always) that were constantly on the Softsynth playlist this year; those songs that resonated and rose above the conclave, the 30 “best” electronic songs of 2010. Continue reading

Review: Psy’Aviah – Eclectric

Posted in Review with tags , on April 2, 2010 by softsynth

Of the spate of new releases in March the one we were most ambivalent about was the newest release from Belgium’s Psy’Aviah. We enjoyed their last album, 2007’s Creationism but it wasn’t exactly life-changing or even all that memorable. It was solid, perfunctory EMB/electroclash – enjoyable enough but nothing to distinguish them from a hundred other thematically similar bands out there. So while we were certainly interested in what they had on tap in 2010 it wasn’t the release that was getting us all tingly and sweaty.

So what a pleasant surprise to welcome a fresh new album full of keeper tunes, with smarter, more inspired song writing and a embrace of techno and even dance that livens the band up in such an unexpected and fun way.

One thing that was disappointing about Creationism was it’s too-laid-back-by-half tone where even up-tempo songs seemed muted. Problem solved here. On Eclectric (our favourite album title of the year so far) Psy’Aviah have ramped things up from beginning to end in an unrelenting, pulsating attack on the senses. Continue reading

March madness

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by softsynth

As we swerve head-long into March Softsynth is excited about the spate of new releases from an assortment of some of our very favourite bands. A sampling of the March goodness:

Absurd Minds: Serve or Suffer – March 5

De/Vision: Popgefahr – March 9

Diorama: Cubed – March 19 (check out their new video for “Child of Entertainment” at the link below – despite the horrific lipsyncing we’re diggin’ the tune…)

Psy’Aviah: Eclectric – March 19

Goldfrapp: Head First – March 22

The Girl and the Robot: The Beauty of Decay – March 26

Blind Faith and Envy: Into the Calm – March ??? (they are still saying March but no actual date yet…hmm…)

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Bounty of DM riches from Alfa Matrix

Posted in News, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by softsynth

I don’t think I ever realized just how many of my favourite bands are on the Alfa Matrix label. New out is the latest in an endless stream of Depeche Mode tribute albums, most of which suck donkeys, but this one may be the most interesting of all. Some of the finest electronic bands on the planet, spanning the full spectrum of electronic music’s subgenres cover some of DM’s best (and often less obvious) songs. Two of my absolute favourite bands of the moment are featured here, Belarus’ Diffuzion and Germany’s Technoir, but they only scrape feebly at the surface – Leaether Strip, i:scintilla, Nebula-H, Regenerator, Ayria, Inure, Psy’aviah (I never noticed how much electronic bands abuse the “gratuitous punctuation rule”), and a host of bands I’m less familiar with come up with some truly inspired cover versions of DM’s very best. It’s a pricey €20 and only available at the Alfa Matrix website, but highly worth it if you enjoy electronic music, even if Depeche Mode leave you cold.

Listen to samples: