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Now here’s a winter warmer – Ultra-hip onetime Brooklyn based, Puerto Rican twosome Buscabulla have sneaked out (via Ribbon Music) this cover of the classic ‘Cantares’ to keep us in touch. Originally recorded by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, the Buscabulla partners, Luis Alfredo Del Valle and Raquel Berrios, bathe the song in their …

BESIDES his other bow-strings playing in Toronto power-poppers Bunny and the heart-hookin’ bubblegum fun of The Bicycles, Toronto’s Drew Smith also fashions a lovely ambient synthpop under his birth name: dreamy, fun, blissful, and very much of an effect with Montreal’s Afternoon Bike Ride. It’s sorta candyfloss brittle and ice-melt pure and futuristic and just …

MANCUNIAN new wave ravers Sugarstone have tucked away the dayglo, hands-in-the-air synth thang just for now as they embrace the aesthetics of the darkest month; and with the winter solstice nearly here, they’ve taken a swerve into goth-pop drama with a final single for ’21, “Pink Duct Tape”. The song keeps that rave squelch and …

FREDRICTON, New Brunswick musician Bob Deveau, who you’ll find jaunting out and about in synthy surroundings as Senior Citizen away from the drum stool he usually occupies with bands like The Olympic Symphonium, Grand Theft Bus and Force Fields, is primed to release an album with sometime bandmate Tim Walker at the beginning of next month for …

QUEER icon Bitch doesn’t ever take fools lightly, and you should so know and respect that, even if she has a way with couching that message in technicolour synth melodies to die for. We cool with that? Let’s move on. Here’s the joyous thing: her next album, the 11-track trip into Bitchcraft, sees her launching …

JAMIE JOHNSON is only two singles into his career as St Jasper, and that’s if we include “Dial Tone”, the song he’s unveiling today – but my, hasn’t he got maturity and talent in a full flush? This new track is so considered; spacious, atmospheric, spectral. It has a gravitas you wouldn’t immediately associate with …

THE LEAVES are coming down in droves now, so wrapping y’self up against the incipient chill with the Anglophile dreampop stylings of Brooklyn’s Endearments is our self-care tip to keep the darkening year at bay. With an EP, Father Of Wands, due on November 5th, and which four-tracker is happily hunting out next to Brotherhood-era …

New York dark wave duo Xeno & Oaklander have announced their impending full-length release, Vi/deo, due out on 22 October via Dais Records. The album promises to further distil the group’s iconic noir synth-pop and is inspired by ideas of synaesthesia, scent, star worship, and obsolescent technologies. Duo Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride conceived the …

FLYING high, flying free, with an absolutely gorgeous line in glittery, psychedelic synthpop, LIP TALK – the musical avatar of New Yorker Sarah K Pedinotti – has returned to the melodic modular breach once more with the absolutely lush “Solar Return”, gloried with her mellifluous tones, breathy, bell-clear, more than a little Liz Fraser in …

BROOKLYN’s three-sister indie rock band TEEN were much loved by those in the know, and rightfully so, with slow-burn, atmospheric altpop numbers such as “Raggedy Andy” to offer the world. It was with sadness that that same cognoscenti received the news that sisters Lizzie, Katherine and Kristina Lieberson were calling it a day after two …