Synths of Eden – Soundcloud February 2018 Picks

Just like last month, Synths of Eden curated a small playlist in Soundcloud with the sounds shared in our page. Some of the tracks were covered by Synths of Eden in February, while others were listed by us and shared as a way to spread new artists. This month is staring mainly electronic tracks, that are exploring the boundaries between electronic music, distorted guitar, experimental, noise and heavy sounds, such as LPascolatti, Retrodome, The Suicide of the Western Culture and Introspect.

This is a heavy and mental playlist for high vibes. Soundcloud, differently than Spotify and other streaming platforms, provide artists with the capacity to expose themselves from inside the underground of the over-saturated network. Exploring and discovering not only different sounds but a whole counter-culture, with no necessary attachment to market values of the music industry.

3 Months Editorial and Playlist Update

Editorial – 3 Months of Synths of Eden

It all started in December 2017, when I decided to make a playlist called Contemporary Prog Synthesizers, where I could mix 50 tracks that were combined with some of the songs I have been producing myself for the past months. The Spotify profile, owner of that playlist, was named ‘Synths of Eden’. I started to share this playlist on my personal music producer website (LPascolatti) and via my social media, by that time only on Instagram (@lpascolatti), as I got more than tired from Facebook a long time ago and Twitter was not appearing as an interesting alternative.

At first I could not attract many followers. However, I had a project of making my own music blog since 2015, that was keeping archived in my own mental list of projects, until the time I had enough courage and to take the first step. Therefore, that name from a Spotify profile soon became a website, called Synths of Eden.

That playlist was a mixture of my own songs, with popular synthwave tracks and electronic music I have been enjoying for a long time, but was never sharing with anyone else. Besides, I realised that I didn’t have enough independent artists like me on that playlist, that were eager to be heard and shared with the world, artists that were waiting to be listened and have their songs spread all around the globe. Therefore, the first main goal of this blog was to share independent artists just like me, promoting independent culture on the internet and via streaming systems, such as Spotify and Soundcloud. And also, share the songs I have been enjoying for a long time, despite the fact that they were released a long time ago, or if they are brand new songs. I would say this blog has been covering more than electronic music, but music in general. For the future, I expect this blog to grow even more, to be writing about much more than only music and be a cultural hub, that will expand from the virtual limitations the internet impose.

The blog has been growing, we featured a several artists during those 3 months, many of them famous by their own efforts of doing great music and other independent artists that submitted their songs to us. While for some, I searched for them in person and invited them to submit me their songs to be exposed here. So, in general, I am happy with the first three months of Synths of Eden and I believe it will only grow and grow as time goes by.

Meanwhile, I have also been growing as a music producer, journalist, writer, indie label owner with Capiroto Records, freelance playlist curator and I expect 2018 to be an amazing year.

Playlist – From ‘Contemporary Prog Synthesizers’ to simply ‘Synths of Eden’:

The blog was on a short vacation for one week, as I have been personally involved with many work here in Rotterdam. Therefore, no new material could be developed, except for some album reviews I posted before that.  As a way to mark this first 3 months, I decided to update the playlist ‘Contemporary Prog Synthesizers‘ to simply ‘Synths of Eden’, a playlist that can be linked directly to the blog itself, it’s content and everything that is being shared here. The main goal now is to update it around 10% every week. The playlist has already it’s first followers and let’s hope it will only grow more and more with the time coming, as much as the number of new independent artists being shared there, as much as great artists make a lot of buzz with their new releases, or as a way to reinvigorate all-time classics or sounds that were released in the past.

Here it is our old-brand new playlist: Synths of Eden! I hope you all enjoy its new update!

LPascolatti

 

New Music: Follow the Wave – Collapse Project (2017)

There is something interesting in the dark synthwave scene. It reminds industrial music, with many influences from 80s heavy metal, but played in synthesizers. An atmosphere that seems as if you came back in time and are playing Doom all of over again, lots of shootings monsters and labyrinths filled with synthesizer melodies, heavy bass and primal melodies. The German “Collapse Project” from  Kaufbeuren, founded in 2005, is a band that should be listened to. After 10 years of hiatum, the band has gathered to record Follow the Wave, recently released in December 24th, 2017. They call their music dark wave, a synthwave with heavy music influence. Germany is a place where heavy music (well, german heavy metal scene…) is taken seriously, as much as music made by synthesizers (Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk), and both are proofed to be as the influences of Collapse Project, check their Soundcloud page.  You can stream and download the whole album in Bandcamp, in total it’s composed by 13 tracks, that mix arpeggios with heavy tuned synths, that sound pretty much like a distorted guitar.  Vibrating with the sounds of arpeggios and drums. Collapse project is pure synthwave, heavily appealing for fans of dark and heavy synthwave. Tracks like Cybercrime, Dark Planet, Supernova, The Dark Castle and Colors in the Dark,show a high class work from the band.

Album: Lindstrøm – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is (2017)

One of the greatest albums of 2017 when it comes to electronic music. Lindstrøm and ‘It’s Alright Between Us As It Is’ released in 2017 by his own label Feedelity. It brings us amazing contemporary disco tracks such as Shinin and But Isn’t It, with sensitive lyrics as much as female vocals. The other tracks are instrumentals with great use of synthesizers, basslines with long pads, arpegiators and dance drums.  The tracks are in general very chill, not anything heavy like techno, house. The are no genres used as tags to define his style.  Overall, there is no rule when it comes to this album, tracks like Bungl (Like a Ghost) is a very cinematographic track, with a narrative-poem written and sang by Jenny Hval, that turns to a dance track full of repetitive phrases more like a techno style, with basslines sequences.  Tracks are in general long with around 7 min each. The name of the album is a reference to a dialog in the film ‘Wild Strawberries‘ from Ingmar Bergman. 

The album is available via Lindstrøm’s Bandcamp page. But can also be streamed in Spotify. His Soundcloud page has been active for 5 years. Hans-Peter Lindstrøm grew up on the outskirts of the oil town Stavanger, but is currently based in Oslo,where he is making ‘contemporary dance music’.

 

 

Live from Moog Factory, Boiler Room – S U R V I V E

Well, this blog is called Synths of Eden, and this is not out of reason. An amazing live performance that should be presented by this blog is: Boiler Room from 2014, that brings the band from Austin, Texas, S U R V I V E responsible for the well-known soundtrack and music from the Netflix series Stranger Things, synths that brings the best out of the whole history of synthesizers. Therefore, nothing better than a live performance in the Moog factory, the legacy of Robert Moog is well-preserved.

Album: Jupiter Apple – Hisscivilization (2002)

Jupiter Apple, also known as Júpiter Maçã in Brazil, were both artist names from late Flávio Basso. His is most well known for his album A Sétima Efervescência, released in 1997. However, Hisscivilization is for sure his most experimental, ambitious and elaborate work. Released in 2002 by Voiceprints Records. The album is highly influenced by the works of Syd Barrett, Stereolab and the Canterbury Scene. Differently than his previous work, Hisscivilization is the most electronic one, in which Jupiter experiences a lot with synthesizers in many tracks, such as Pyrus Malus et Fragaria Vesca. ‘…So you leave the hall’ is a track that reminds the early works of Pink Floyd. The whole album is 1:17 minutes of total Psychedelia. It requires a bit of patience to listen it, but it is for sure worth it if you like the style.

Romare – Projections (2015)

The album from Romare (shared in our Soundcloud page), 2015, released by Ninja Tune, independent Record Label founded by Matt Black, based in London, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Montreal.

The album shows that great music is much more than what is popular among the EDM artists or the works recognised to be from Spinnin Records.  Music that fits dance clubs as much as your home speakers or headphones while walking on the street. The album mixes drums typical from dance music with samples and amazing chord progressions. At the same time the album connects with the atmospheric ambient music. It portraits lots of elements from African-American influences on USA. The soul and jazz culture as elements part of the tracks. The name Romare is inspired in Romare Bearden, a collage artist, which is something that Romare does with music.

According to Ninja Tune:

“Rainbow” is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70’s, and “Work Song” to the great American work song tradition. Opener “Nina’s Charm” sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone’s voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. “Motherless Child” opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. “Lover Man’s” striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.

As much as for photography. Romare shows how great music can be produced by collage, not only by amazing synthesizers, drum machines, high tech softwares and studio apparatus. The album is also available in vinyl.

Romare uses his academic knowledge applied to what can be amazing dancing music. He studied African-American visual culture in University. After moving to Paris, he decided to sample second-hand records, making his own tracks. Based in London, after 2012, started to be signed and release his first EPs, such as Meditations on Afrocentrism, with tracks such as The Blues (It Began in Africa) and Love Songs Pt. 1.

Album: Jacques – A Lot of Jacques (2017)

This week, 31th January, the English electronic-music and technology Fact Magazine featured the French music producer Jacques in their Against the Clock series. According to them, one of the weirdest episodes of the series, for Synths of Eden, this was one of the best and most intriguing episodes . Against the Clock gives music producers 10 minutes to produce a track, in this case, Jacques appeared there with lots of objects that could be improvised as music instruments, when recorded via microphones attached to guitar pedals, such as an elastic rubber band that could be used to make a bassline and a drill that could be used to perform a lead synth. The reason why Jacques started to use instruments like this was the fact that he couldn’t afford real instruments when he started out to make music.

Quoting FACT: “Now he tours the world with his homemade orchestra of scrapers, cups, wooden spoons and other ephemera, recording them and putting them through an array of pedals, loopers and samplers.”

Apart from being an outstanding live performer with awkward improvised instruments attached to guitar pedals, he also does a great work in studio, as shown by his 2017 releases, such as “A Lot of Jacques”, embedded below. Released by French label, Pain Surprises.

Moreover, Jacques also recorded a multi-lingual album, in which he released his single “Dans la Radio” in 7 different languages, including Esperanto, French, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.

His 2017 album, A Lot of Jacques, features 6 different short tracks with around 6 minutes, all of them a more “house-like” electronic music to more experimental downtempo styles of electronic music. Plus 3 tracks that are longer, with more than 9 minutes, such as Limbo in Limbo, Bushwack on the Dancefloor and Escape from Boredom. All the tracks have singular music instrumentation, as evidenced by his Agains the Clock performance, Jacques is not any regular music producer. It is also possible to buy his merch, such as music in vinyl on the following link: https://bigwax.fr/fr/pain-surprises