SILICON DREAMS 2019

Liverpool’s Electronic Music Event Returns… This summer sees the return of Silicon Dreams – Liverpool’s premiere electronic music festival, featuring Sinestar, Northern Kind, Twist Helix, Berlyn Trilogy, OVVLS, Armada Named Sound, The Rude Awakening and Caroline McLavy. Silicon Dreams evolved … Read More

EMPATHY TEST – Empty-Handed

Sailing the synth-pop seas Having made their mark through the cunning strategy of releasing not just one, but two debut albums at once back in 2017 (see TEC review previously), London-based electropop outfit Empathy Test (aka Isaac Howlett and Adam … Read More

MARINA – Love + Fear

When love is lost it’s only fear in disguise Having detached herself from her earlier title as Marina And The Diamonds (settling instead for a straightforward ‘Marina’) Welsh musician and songwriter Marina Diamandis has returned after a lengthy break with … Read More

SYNTHETIC CITY 2019 Review

All day electropop… One of the fixed points on the gig-going calendar is, of course, the Synthetic City Electronic Music Festival. It’s multi-line-up of bands and artists from both the UK and abroad has offered an opportunity for established acts … Read More

EAST OF MY YOUTH – By Blue

This world was never made for me and you Back in 2017, we were suitably impressed by the work of Icelandic duo East of My Youth. There was a simple charm on tracks such as ‘Go Home’ and ‘M O … Read More

PSYDOLL Live in London

A night in the Machine Kingdom… Hitting the UK in the spring months, Japanese cyberpunk outfit Psydoll took in an extensive number of venues across the country, including Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham. Consisting of Nekoi (vocal,keyboard,songs) … Read More

HOWARD JONES – Transform

“Of all the people in the world, why would you choose me?” It is with these rather pessimistic lyrics that Howard Jones opens his ninth official studio album, Transform. Despite its title, however, this album is less of a ‘transformation’ … Read More

TR/ST – The Destroyer Part One

Life and all its lows “The giant agaves outside my home only bloom every 20 or 30 years years” muses Robert Alfons, “Being around that was a powerful lesson in slowness. And in tenacity.” The latest album from TR/ST certainly … Read More

WILL BURNS & HANNAH PEEL – Chalk Hill Blue

Here are the fragments… As a musician, Hannah Peel has always been keen to expand her musical boundaries and explore ever-more esoteric outings. Take her 2010 EP Rebox for instance which featured music box covers of classic synth-pop tunes, including … Read More

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