Much of my early music education took place during the late 80’s and early 90’s when synth heavy pop found significant airplay on the radio and MTV. Some of my favorite groups growing up included some of the more well know synthesizer heavy groups like Erasure, Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears. While I am not happy that 80’s and 90’s fashion trends are coming back, I am very happy that this style of music is making a comeback.
Many of this current wave of synthpop bands have had relative commercial success like SandyBeats favorites The Naked and Famous and vets, M83. There are two bands in particular that I have been grooving to recently. The first lead me to the second. Brooklyn based St. Lucia (or Santa Lucia (loo-see-uh) to some) reminds me of the 80’s music I loved so much but with a contemporary vibe.
Here is Elevate (which once stuck in my head, never leaves)
St. Lucia (which is essentially just one guy, South African born Brooklyn resident Jean-Philip Grobler), is the producer of the album from my other guilty pop pleasure, HAERTS. HAERTS is a bit more introspective than St. Lucia and features a very strong and ethereal lead singer, Nini Fabi.
Enjoy Hemiplegia (from their newest EP of the same name).
Both acts are touring and appearing at various festivals during the spring and summer. I know I am hoping to see St. Lucia when they come to Las Vegas with Young the Giant.