Synth Pop

Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’ Album Review

Photo credit: Beth Garrabrant The one thing 2020 was guaranteed not to deliver was another Taylor Swift album – it was a year ago that the singer released her seventh album, Lover, and fans are still deliberating over which song should have been the next radio single, campaigning with their usual fire-fueled ferocity for their… Read more

The Aces – ‘Under My Influence’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Red Bull Records In 1967, a song called “New York Mining Disaster 1941” was released to radio stations but did not list the artist. The DJs listened to it, assumed it was the Beatles, and thus put it into heavy rotation. Even when the actual artist was revealed as a new band called the Bee Gees, people still believed that… Read more

The 1975 – ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dean Chalkley Bloated? Sure; at 80 minutes in runtime, that’s an assured assessment of The 1975’s fourth record, Notes on a Conditional Form, a companion piece to their 2018 record A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. “Bloated” seems to be the point entirely, however – that society is bloated, our perception of ourselves… Read more

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hugo Comte UK’s favorite “female alpha” Dua Lipa brings an enriching self-isolation dance party right to your front doorstep on the stimulating Future Nostalgia. The former fashion savvy model mostly exudes flawless bravado throughout the eleven-track LP, tailoring retro funk swing to suit her commanding attitude. Her impressive ode to the late 1980’s… Read more

The Aces: Utah’s Indie Rock Explosion

Photo Credit: Red Bull Records If you’re playing poker, four Aces is a pretty winning hand. That remains the case when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, as evidenced by the Provo, Utah all-girl alternative band the Aces, which is comprised of Katie Henderson (guitar), McKenna Petty (bass) and sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (lead… Read more

Betty Who: Pop Music and Self Empowerment at its Finest

Photo Credit: Gavin Taylor Jessica Anne Newham was born on October 5, 1991, in Sydney, Australia. Since she was four, Jessica trained as a cellist. In her teen years, she moved to Michigan to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. Jessica taught herself to play the piano and guitar and after becoming comfortable with her… Read more

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Upset Mag Promo Simple Creatures, which is comprised of Mark Hoppus (who continues to front Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (who continues to front All Time Low) is an almost all-synth offering in which the guitars mostly remain zipped up in their gig bags. The duo’s new EP Everything Opposite opens with the track “Special,” which sounds an unmistakable lot like Lorde’s “Royals”. While that song is not exactly… Read more

Bastille – ‘Doom Days’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett The London four-piece band Bastille certainly started out promisingly enough a couple of years ago, with their debut album Bad Blood (they even beat Taylor Swift to the use of that title), punctuated by the refreshingly terrific single “Pompeii,” which deservedly went Top Five in the U.S. and achieved triple… Read more