Tag Archives: synth pop

Stef Animal presents “Top Gear”

Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome) presents her debut solo release “Top Gear” – a concept album of fifteen tracks of op-shop mysticism, each conceived and recorded in one session, and each made using a different piece of obsolete or unfashionable music equipment, resulting in a collection of lo-fi epic miniatures.

Even if you didn’t grow up with Atari video games, have no idea what Acorn and Commodore computers are or what acronyms like PCM and MIDI mean, you’ll still find the intricate universe of sound represented on “Top Gear” to be full of adventure, mystery, melancholy and wonder.

Here’s a short interview with Stef on Under the Radar explaining the origins of her “Top Gear” album.

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Introducing Èlan Vital & “Shadow Self”

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Èlan Vital – Renee Barrance, Danny Brady, Nikolai Sim [photo by Phoebe Lysbeth Kay]

Introducing Èlan Vital – Cold Wave straight from the Southern Ocean. We are thrilled to be releasing their debut album “Shadow Self” on 24 March 2017 (NZ).

While Èlan Vital are notionally cold wave synth-pop, no-one in Dunedin follows any ‘rules’ around genre or style of music. Èlan Vital also incorporate garage-psych keyboards and fuzz bass in the mix to produce something dark, Gothic and danceable which has a beating heart.

They share a member (Danny) with another favourite rule-breaking Dunedin post-punk-electronica band Death And The Maiden, so if you enjoyed their debut you will definitely want to give Èlan Vital’s “Shadow Self” a listen.

Official NZ release date is 24 March but we will be fulfilling pre-orders from 24 February.
Official UK release is a bit later on 12 May (blame Record Store Day in April) but our co-release partners Occultation Recordings have it available to their mail-order customers from March. It is also available on iTunes.
If you want to find out a bit more about the band Lo & Behold recently published a great introduction to the band with some fabulous photographs and Noisey previewed a track called “Dreams” from the album.
Band photo by Phoebe Lysbeth Kay http://www.phoebelysbethk.com/
Here is “Janina” – video by Erica Sklenars, styling by JPALM
And here is the title track used as the soundtrack to  JPALM ‘Discordia’ fashion video: