Need new electronic music.
June 12, 2011 1:17 PM   Subscribe

Give me everything with a side of synth, please.

I want some good non-dance non-ambient electronic music albums released 2009 and later. By non-dance, I don't mean that you can't dance to them but that they don't fit into the live-performance-is-a-DJ, album-is-a-60-minute-long-mix scene. More like folk artists who use loops instead of guitars. Metal bands who replaced their drummer with a Korg. Home-made minimalist synthpop. Witch house overdubbed with good rapping. Whatever.

For some examples, I want stuff like this or this or this or this or this.

If it is on Bandcamp (or some other site that shares whole albums with the artist's approval) that would be extra-awesome. If you know of a blog that curates this sort of stuff, extra-extra-awesome
posted by griphus to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
posted by herrdoktor at 1:19 PM on June 12, 2011

You've heard of Jesu right?
posted by Max Power at 1:38 PM on June 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

As AskMe passed on to me, so I pass on to you:

posted by 4ster at 1:44 PM on June 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Viva City
posted by King Bee at 1:47 PM on June 12, 2011

Black Moth Super Rainbow, the earlier the folkier. Loads of synths, but real drums and bass.

Caveperson, free on bandcamp. Live bass, but digital beats and synthy sounds.

Germany Germany.
posted by activitystory at 1:58 PM on June 12, 2011

Oh, I forgot Computer Magic, all music free on FMA.
posted by activitystory at 2:00 PM on June 12, 2011

I just realized I missed your line of examples; some of those suggestions are probably too poppy. I'd still suggest Caveperson, and add to that The Soft Moon.
posted by activitystory at 2:04 PM on June 12, 2011

Sealions (listen to the Indian Summer song.)

Warm Ghost

Bear in Heaven

Lyonnaise (They're pretty ambient, but knowing you, I think you'll like them anyway. You know, as a bonus.)

Miike Snow
(You've heard of them, but so. so. good.)

Holy Ghost!
(You've probably heard of these guys too. Dancey, but not that 60-minute-DJ-set thing you were talking about. And they just put out their first LP. Finally.)

Capital Cities (Pretty poppy, but yeah. I'm addicted.)
posted by functionequalsform at 2:05 PM on June 12, 2011

Crystal Castles.
posted by lobbyist at 2:41 PM on June 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

posted by belau at 3:40 PM on June 12, 2011

Sweden's Kite features heavy use of synths, maybe?
posted by lundman at 6:02 PM on June 12, 2011

Check out the free 2010 Tympanik Audio label sampler.
posted by Jairus at 7:22 PM on June 12, 2011

(Disclaimer: I've released two records on Tympanik, but I'm not on that sampler.)
posted by Jairus at 7:23 PM on June 12, 2011

Do you check Hype Machine? That's pretty much their specialty.

Also, check the Indie Dance/Nu Disco section at beatport.
posted by empath at 7:39 AM on June 13, 2011

was the new portishead that recent? i know it was vaguely around then, maybe 08...anyway, it is all kinds of good, and i didn't even love the 90s stuff. there's excellent yt interviews with one of the guys too all about his approach to synths too.
posted by ifjuly at 8:34 AM on June 13, 2011

oh and duh--radiohead just gets better and better in this department, in my opinion.
posted by ifjuly at 8:35 AM on June 13, 2011

and not sure this is too dance-y/straight up electronic for you, but the tron legacy soundtrack by daft punk is surprisingly excellent.
posted by ifjuly at 8:42 AM on June 13, 2011

From your video links I think you might like Susumu Yokota, [2], and maybe also The Field, although it's got more rhythm than your suggestions.

If you haven't heard The Knife, you should hear them. Their singer Karin Dreijer has separate recordings under the name of Fever Ray, which you might also like.

Maybe Four Tet would also be your cup of tea.
posted by larkery at 8:42 AM on June 13, 2011

I first heard Jon Hopkins when he opened at the Royksopp concert in SF this spring. I'd give him more than two thumbs up, but I'm limited by biology.
posted by rosa at 2:07 PM on June 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

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