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Let's say I really liked shimmery 80s-and-early-90s-influenced  synthpop, with meticulous production and beautiful analog synths, dreamy or subdued vocals, and a hint of shoegaze inspiration, and felt like maybe the best recent examples of that were several years ago, stretching from 2004-2011. What should I be listening to these days to think, "This never went away, I just stopped paying attention?"

Examples of bands I felt did their best work in that era:
M83
Cut Copy
Justice
Hot Chip
The Knife
Junior Boys
Royksopp
Annie
Bat For Lashes
Radio Dept.
Air France
YACHT
I'm sure I'm forgetting some crucial stuff

Best acts of 2011-2016 that I think fit the bill:
Purity Ring
Carly Rae Jepsen (perhaps unexpectedly)
Wild Nothing (maybe?)
Craft Spells (like one album)
Cold Cave
Your recommendations here
posted by naju to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
 
(I'm half-tempted to whip up a playlist of what I'm talking about... stay tuned I guess)
posted by naju at 10:34 PM on November 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


You've probably tried these, but just in case:
Computer Magic - Running; Fuzz; Time to Decide; Mindstate; A Million Years; Summer Vacation; etc.
Chromatics - Kill for Love; Shadow; Looking for Love; Lady; Cherry; etc.
posted by Wobbuffet at 11:02 PM on November 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Playlist
posted by naju at 11:09 PM on November 22, 2016 [3 favorites]


I Break Horses
School of Seven Bells (although that's more dreampop than synthpop)


Although I think you're right, the trend does seem to have faded in the last couple of years.
posted by parm at 1:09 AM on November 23, 2016 [2 favorites]


You appear to be much deeper into this scene than I am so you probably already know about The 1975 but it was the first thing that popped into my head, so just in case...
posted by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on November 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


If you like M83 you should check out The White Sea, a solo project of one band member.
posted by ropeladder at 6:42 AM on November 23, 2016 [3 favorites]


Haerts are like this. You might also check out things categorized as chillwave.
posted by softlord at 6:54 AM on November 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


Check out Lust for Youth
posted by mikek at 7:35 AM on November 23, 2016 [1 favorite]




Not sure I'm quite hitting the right stylistic mark here, but in terms of 2015-16 releases:

Jagwa Ma, Slipping.
Yeasayer, I Am Chemistry.
Django Django, Reflections.
Gwenno, Patriarchaeth.
posted by Sonny Jim at 7:24 AM on November 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Just a few more:
Brothertiger
Bear In Heaven
Echo Lake
Memory Tapes
Summer Heart
Austra
posted by lmfsilva at 8:53 AM on November 24, 2016 [2 favorites]


It's been months since I've been on MeFi, and I've been delving deep into a bevy of bands. Bless this question, honestly. If you want some good tunes in these veins, message me – I have so many Spotify playlists with so many lil gems.
posted by ourt at 8:29 PM on November 28, 2016 [2 favorites]


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