I originally discovered Britain’s Clock Opera because of their remixes, but this past year they’ve been teasing us with some original tracks. They’re still one of the best remix collectives in the game, but as far as i’m concerned, Clock Opera’s originals are damn near perfect.
♪ Clock Opera – Belongings (from Belongings EP)
I don’t know much about San Francisco based Collider. I can’t even remember how or when I stumbled upon them. I do know that they’ve put out 4 EPs via bandcamp. Collider’s most recent EP, Vaede, is what i’m most familiar with. It’s really synth driven (which I love) and reminds me of combination of Blackbird Blackbird and The Naked and Famous.
♪ Collider – Mono (from Vaede EP)
“Like Fad Gadget and Suicide before them, husband and wife Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry use keyboards and drum machines to forge life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood. They are fully engaged in the moment and their surroundings, wherever that may be. Sound Kapital is the first Handsome Furs album written exclusively on keyboards though guitars are still heavily prominent in the recording. These nine songs of innocence and experience occasionally look ahead to a better world in the not-so-distant future, but Handsome Furs know what time it is: Now.” [source]
♪ Handsome Furs – Repatriated (from Sound Kapital) [free download via sub pop]
After releasing two buzz worthy EPs, NYC’s Hooray For Earth released their debut LP, True Loves. If you’re a fan of drum-heavy synth rock, with some experimental electronics and distortion mixed in, you’re gonna love Hooray For Earth.
♪ Hooray For Earth – True Loves (from True Loves)