Synthwave has a long history dating all the way back to the German Krautrock of the ’70s, but its newfound renaissance is definitively modern. Every since the 2011 neo-noir film Drive brought the heavily synthed-up sounds of Kavinsky to the mainstream, digital music has never been the same. Within the next two years, we’d see releases like Com Truise’s Galactic Melt and Perturbator’s We Are the Night become hugely successful, building upon the French electro explosion of the late 2000s to create a nostalgic analog sound that resonated with a largely digital audience — many of whom weren’t even alive to experience the era it emulates.
Years later this scene has exploded into an array of killer independent music and culture, all merging the best parts of our collective nostalgia with contemporary production. Carpenter Brut is a prime example of this phenomenon. With several appearances in breakthrough indie video games like Hotline Miami and Furi, a series of spectacular music videos, and even a film in the works, Franck Hueso’s music has quickly become synonymous with the entire genre. For an idea of his sound, check out the “Trilogy” compilation, which showcases what he does better than anyone else: aggressive heavy beats, dreary atmospheric synths, and epic chord progressions. Continue reading
On their new album, Hold/Still, Suuns take darkness as their muse, filtering their post-punk creations through a dimly-lit room with industrial electronics and distorted rock grooves delivering heavy punches on the listener. The whole album finds uniqueness in its ability to combine dense production tactics with unpredictable songwriting. Certain moments value building tension as synthesizers crackle with distortion highlighting the driving beats. Rather than sending the subdued tension into the territory of raging, guitar-heavy choruses, the band seeks contrast in their ability to create visceral atmospheres for their lead singer’s enlightening falsetto. The band effortlessly combines guitar-based rock music with sounds of Montreal’s underground resulting in one of the most interesting contemporary releases of the first half of the year.
What’s up you filthy party animals, CKUT wants to have some fun. This Friday the 13th at Blue Dog, The XX-Files is bringing you: U.&.I.T.Y a CKUT FUNDRAISER. So scratch that boring thing or whatever that you were planning to go to and come get FreaKy with us instead! They’ve got a nutso line-up including Aloof Hipster, Compton Chic and more wild DJ’s you can jump around with. We’re pretty excited about it.
How much you ask? Only $5 at the door for unlimited fun, and all proceeds go to CKUT. So come on thru for a night of dirty future beats and celebration of all things radio~~