Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WAW: Sondre Lerche- Soft Feelings

We stay in Norway for our current We are Watching (WAW) video. This time, we would like to present a brand new video by Sondre Lerche for the song "Soft Feelings". The video is taken from their upcoming album 'Pleasure' which is going to be released in April. The video was directed by Johannes Greve Muskat.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Instant Hit: Clockwork Orange- Sensation Boys

Clockwork Orange was a short lived Norwegian synthpop act which only released on single during their brief existence in the 80's. It was called "Sensation Boys" and it was released on Temptation Records in 1985. It must have been quite underground back then and had this dark tone to it, but could have also the mainstream well. Today it pretty much lives up to the standards of this genre. The song was reissued as a single again in 2015 under the name "The Last Sensation", this time including a demo from 1984 and a new and the remix version of the song.

A Flock of Seagulls- 'Remixes and Rarities' to be Released in March

Cherry Red Records will release a a new Remixes and Rarities compilation in March. This time. it's A Flock of the Seagulls' compilation coming on two discs which will include tracks from their most productive and successful period (1982- 1986). There is a variety of the song versions including the remixes, live versions and also 12". The compilations is set for release on March 24th 2017.

Disc: 1
1. I Ran (So Far Away) (U.S. 7″ Version)
2. Space Age Love Song (7″ Version)
3. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (7″ Version)
4. Nightmares (7″ Version)
5. Rosenmontag (Shorter Version)
6. Transfer Affection (7″ Version)
7. I Ran (Live)
8. It’s Not Me Talking (7″ Version)
9. Never Again (7″ Version)
10. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Long Version)
11. Nightmares (12″ Version)
12. Committed (Short Version)
13. The Traveller (Live)
14. The More You Live the More You Love (Full Moon Mix)
Disc: 2
1. I Ran (Longer Version)
2. Never Again (the Dancer) (12″ Version)
3. Heartbeat Like a Drum (Full Length Version)
4. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (U.S. Edit 12″ Promo Version)
5. The Flight of Yuri Gagarin (Full Length Version)
6. Rosenmontag (Long Version)
7. Nightmares (U.S. 12″ Promo Version)
8. I Ran (So Far Away) (Edited Version)
9. Never Again (the Dancer) (Re-Mix)
10. Space Age Love Song (Live)
11. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (Short Version)
12. Who’s That Girl (She’s Got It) (Instrumental)
13. Single Medley

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tempers Release New EP 'Fundamental Fantasy'

Tempers have released a brand new EP titled 'Fundamental Fantasy'. This is their first release since the long player 'Services' was released in 2015. The have kept their synth driven melancholic and gloomy darkwave sound expressed in four brand new tracks. The new EP is out on The Vinyl Factory and can be previewed below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Best of 1987- The Album List

Time to roll with the 1987 Albums campaign! Another interesting year which was still sort of a crossover year in which some music styles from the first half of the decade started to transform into new genres raising new musical opportunities and opening stages for new kids.
This year was also a quite an innovative one, MTV Europe was launched, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is the first single being released on CD and the cassette tape was becoming more and more popular.
As for the synthpop, Ersaure and Pet Shop Boys were still keeping the mainstream afloat with it as were the the pop hits form the emerging Stock Atiken Watermen pop factory. Rick Astley's single "Never Gonna Give You up", became the best selling single of the year.
As for the other music tendencies, House music was growing slowly and taking over the danclefloors. On the different side indie pop/rock was in bloom giving more diverse and alternative forms.
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel were honored the Brit Awards for best male and female.

As the result of your comments and votes, the album list for 1987 in 2017 is as follows:

1.     Depeche Mode- Music for the Masses 
2.     The Cure- Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
3.      U2- The Joshua Tree
4.     The Smiths- Strangeways, here we come  
5.     R.E.M.- Document
6.     INXS- Kick
7.     The Jesus and Mary Chain- Darklands                                    
8.     Pet Shop Boys- Actually
9.     Echo & The Bunnymen - Echo & The Bunnymen
10.   Sinead O Connor- The Lion and the Cobra
11.   George Michael- Faith
12.   Prince- Sign ' the Times                                
13.   David Sylvian- Secrets of the Beehive
14.   Love and Rockets- Earth, Sun, Moon
15.   The Sisters of Mercy  – Floodland
16.   The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
17.   10000 Maniacs- In My Tribe
18.   Sonic Youth- Sister
19.   The Cult- Electric
20.   Dead Can Dance- Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
21.   Dinosaur Jr.- You're Living All Over Me      
22.   Siouxsie & The Banshees- Through the Looking Glass
23.   The Wedding Present- George Best
24.   Midnight Oil- Diesel and Dust
25.   Dead or Alive- Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know                 
26.   Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing
27.   Happy Mondays- Squirrel and G-Man 24 Hour Party Ppl Plastic Face Carnt Smile
28.   Erasure- The Circus
29.   Psychedelic Furs- Midnight to Midnight
30.   Chris and Cosey- Exotika
31.   Spacemen 3- The Perfect Prescription
32.   Eurythmics- Savage
33.   Aztec Camera- Love
34.   Curiosity Killed the Cat- Keep Your Distance
35.   Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire
36.   Mick Karn- Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters
37.   Wire- Ideal Copy
38.   ABC- Alphabet City
39.   Bruce Springsteen- Tunnel of Love
40.   Lloyd Cole and the Commotions- Mainstream

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Next Wave: Patience

End of last year, we discovered another interesting music act that we thought would be worth sharing here. Her name is Roxanne Clifford and she is not a new face to the music biz. Already with her band Veronica Falls she made first steps into indie pop. Now the things have changed for her, she took a new name and adopted a completely different music style and musical arrangement. Under the name Patience she discovers the new world of synth pop and minimal wave. Her debut "The Church" was released on Night School Records in 2016 and the second single "Pressure" followed soon after. She seems to be doing well in the new footsteps and we hope to hear more from her in 2017.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Retrovision: Opus III- It's a Fine Day

Twenty five years ago, Opus III topped the UK charts with "It's a Fine Day" reaching #5. The single was actually a cover and house makeover of the classic by Jane released in 1983 and written by poet and musician Edward Barton. The song's video below featured the singer Kirsty Hawkshaw (with her standout shaved head and bodysuit) performing and dancing.