Philadelphia seems to be a secret hotbed of underground synthpop, and we’re ecstatic to learn of the existence of Resistor, a duo with a penchant for hooky singles. Their latest track, “Can’t Believe,” is a crisp, bright, and tightly constructed production that begs to be played over and over. Their back catalogue is well-worth exploring too: essential listening includes the winking and clever “Narcissist” as well as a brilliant cover of the Magnetic Fields classic “If You Don’t Cry”. Visit their Soundcloud for more! Thanks to the ever-wonderful Yvynyl for bringing them to our attention.
Sometimes there’s only one bedroom dance party we want to attend: one that Potpourri of Pearls is playing. The Philadelphia pop purveyors have been steadily supplying us with ear-candy pop for years now, and they never disappoint. Their second album We Went to Heaven is probably the the best underground straight-up pop record since Light Fires‘ self-titled album of last year. Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies. From dancefloor-thumpers “Boyfriend” and “Parade” to ballads like “Up High”, the entire album is hooky beyond hooky. A worthy successor to their incredible debut Why Does Coco Cry?
Most fun uptempo electropop has this problem where it’s just entirely too happy or lacking in sufficient edge. There are rare exceptions, but sustaining this level of quality over an entire album is a far more difficult skill than it appears to be. Potpourri of Pearls are clearly masters of the the form, and can soundtrack the rare sunny day in our dark hearts anytime. They deserve to be famous. In the meantime, we’re happy to sing their praises as one of the best undiscovered electropop groups around. Purchase this masterpiece direct from them on Bandcamp.
Potpourri of Pearls are back! They put out one of the best albums of last year and the first single from the new one, due out early next year, doesn’t disappoint. The track brings a heavily auto-tuned chorus and is as replete with hooks as some of the best tracks on Why Does Coco Cry?, and the video is quite spectacular, featuring beautiful scenery, yarmulkes and lots and lots of gay make outs. Two make out heavy videos in one week! We’re being spoiled.
Real nice and laid-back electro-psych here from Philly’s Cough Cool.
New electro epic from our fave Philadelphia crew, who keep delivering pure gold. Potpourri of Pearls!
Potpourri of Pearls have made a new video and I will dutifully post it here for your viewing pleasure. This one appears to be a new track from them and it is unsurprisingly great and features that pitch-shifted vocal effect that those Montreal kids have made so popular recently. The video is probably not safe for work. Maybe? A beefcake advisory is in effect.