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I really shouldn’t dwell on the past so much but Barrie‘s single ‘Tal Uno’, reviewed by me here back in 2018 remains one of the most outstanding and perfect slices of pure pop heaven I’ve heard over my years of writing for Backseat Mafia. Subsequent releases displayed the same acute ear for melody, laden with …

Having enticed us with the single ‘Fragile’ last month, Bangalore dream pop duo Us and I have just dropped their debut EP ‘Loveless’, four dollops of exquisite dream pop delights. The band beautifully express their inspirations: In a world doused with melancholia, there is no dearth of inspiration. A lot of ideas were being developed …

Glasgow synth-pop greats CHVRCHES have shared a special remix of their latest single How Not To Drown featuring one of the band’s musical heroes, The Cure frontman Robert Smith. With CHVRCHES’ Martin Doherty proclaiming publicly that the track marked “the proudest moment of my life in music”, the darkly atmospheric pairing of The Cure’s hallmark …

Flutes never sounded so good as the arpeggiated riff that sinuously winds its way through ‘For As Long As I Remember’, the reflective and delicate track from singer/songwriter/producer Geoffrey O’Connor. Featuring the dulcet vocals of Jonnine from the band HTRK as a duet, this is an atmospheric and catchy synth pop tune that exudes an …

Over the past year The Ghost of Helags have released a batch of gorgeous singles displaying an immaculate craft in melodic electronic pop infused with melancholia and elegant poise. They even took part in an exclusive Live in Session with Backseat Mafia (if you haven’t already – go and subscribe). It is excellent news then that their debut …

‘I Love You Too, Man’, the new EP from Wollongong band Kitten Heel is sublime. Sweeping waves of synth and driving rhythms underpin cool and studied vocals resulting in a celestial pop release with an edge. I can detect a number of mostly eighties influences ranging from Cabaret Voltaire and Kraftwerk to more commercial tracks …

Berlin-based duo The Ghost of Helags are accruing a very fine catalogue of delectable indie pop tunes that marry a dream pop fugue over a melancholy melodic delivery. The new single, ‘Night Summer Waiting’ further enhances their reputation. Singer Teresa Woischiski says of the song: The song  was written in the heat of this small …

Hailing from the industrial port of Wollongong, south of Sydney, the new single from Kitten Heel is a far from that gritty imagery as you can get. ‘Needs to Go’ is a bright, bubbly slice of sunshine that has a dreamy pace and delicate fragility about it. This is very much a synth-centric track that …

Norwegian singer-songwriter Anna of the North has released a new version of her track Dream Girl, along with a new video. You might recognise the track was in the Global Apple iPad Pro commercial earlier in the year, and in less than a week was charting on iTunes in over 30+ Countries, Daily Spotify Streams …

With an insistent, driving beat and a cinematic wall of synths, ‘Teenage Bliss’ is a blistering release from Swedish duo Kite. Reminiscent of bands like New Order and Pet Shop Boys, Kite have created a delicious slice of synth pop that is exuberant and pulse-quickening with its sequenced sounds and catapulting chorus. Touching on the …