Philadelphia-based synth-pop superstars Resistor return with a brand new song. The breezy “Boys,” with washed-out Juno 106 synth pads, and a hooky as hell chorus (“boys with boring names/are they really so bad” is going to be an oft repeated line around our office), is a densely layered poppy wonder. Next to other wondrous tracks like “Cordless Phone,” and “Can’t Believe,” this song would sound damn fine on a record. Get back in the Men’s Snarehouse (the band’s DIY recording studio) and give us that soon?
Back in March, we were introduced to the wonderfully lush underground pop stylings of Philadelphia’s Dream Safari (aka Chris Coulton) with the release of uber-catchy single “Starzone”. Today, we’re pleased to get to premiere his latest jam, the sax-heavy “Hotline,” a bouncy and tightly arranged pop tune that fits in very well with his self-described “jungle disco” aesthetic. Reminding a bit of Miracle Fortress, Jens Lekman, the Russian Futurists and others on the uptempo bedroom pop tip, Dream Safari offers a fully realized vision as accomplished as these veterans of the scene. We predict big things!
We’ll be eagerly awaiting the next pop nugget from this Philadelphia phenom, and hopefully a full-length album won’t be too far behind. For now, check the oeuvre (you’ll like it so far) on Soundcloud.
We’re huge fans of Philadelphia’s Resistor, the masters of backward-looking synthpop that mine our nostalgia, for simpler, synthier times. “Can’t Believe,” their brilliant single from last fall, remains in regular rotation on the Silent Shout tapedeck. But the duo’s latest track, an ode to the technological wonderment that is/was the cordless phone might be their most fully-realized production yet. Bask in the glory that is untethered freedom in this well-edited montage of classic telecommunications informational videos.
The song’s a free download from their Soundcloud, so go grab it!
Hello Shark are a folk band from Philadelphia (originally Burlington, Vermont), but they’ve landed on our radar with this downtrodden, drum machined single about about regret. The title comes from a line in the first chorus: “last night, we fished for bats on the roof of your hotel,” which might be the best mental image we’ve had in a while! We’re pleased to make your acquaintance, Hello Shark.
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.
Really nice remix here from Philadelphia chilled out electro-pop team Vacationer. Not the first time a Major Lazer remix has appeared on Silent Shout!
Real nice and laid-back electro-psych here from Philly’s Cough Cool.