Softer Still – Turtle Bay video/single

Softer Still – Turtle Bay video/single

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Softer Still are fam to Fadeawayradiate by now! Grant Williams, his girlfriend Ellie O’Shea and chums had quite a few features on here and also contributed twice to the Fadeawayradiate cover compilations. The single “Turtle Bay” was already released on 31st of August via label Fandango,  and was the first single to come from the forthcoming […]

The Maria’s – Cariño

The Maria’s – Cariño

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“Cariño” is the latest single/video of the LA based The Marias’ forthcoming second EP, Superclean Volume II, which will be out in out in September and follows last year’s Superclean Volume I album. Sitting on my roof terrace, with the setting sun glowing behind my closed eyelids, I am listening to “Cariño” for the first […]

Candy Opera – Sophistipop Gem Unearthed

Candy Opera – Sophistipop Gem Unearthed

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At the start of the year somebody posted a track of Candy Opera in the Sophistipop Lounge, which went almost completely unnoticed but not entirely. I picked it up, and buzz frenzy around them ensued. At first listen, “What a Way to Travel” brings that whole era back to me: the dreamy cloud I was on, whilst walking the […]

I Remember That!: 12 Sophistipop tunes quoted out of context…

I Remember That!: 12 Sophistipop tunes quoted out of context…

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Somewhere in May I sent a nice little cover of Oh Patti by Scritti Politti to a friend who said: “So… a Scritti-tribute album curated by Estella Rosa?” It got me thinking and the next day we were all planning this cover-compilation on the Sophistipop Lounge group on Facebook! It is October now and from the […]

Softer Still – Visions of You EP

Softer Still – Visions of You EP

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Softer Still – Visions of You EP  July 28th 2017 Club Fandango   Softer Still‘s second EP “Visions Of You’” was released on 28th July. The EP has an overall more 80’s/synthpop/sophistipop quality layered on top of their former already jangly dream-pop sound similar to bands like Wild Nothing, Day Wave, Small Black and Beach Fossils.  “Wishing Well”,  the first single […]

China Crisis – Saint Saviour Square: the elusive video….

China Crisis – Saint Saviour Square: the elusive video….

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In 1989, the China Crisis single “Saint Saviour Square” was released on Virgin Records from the album “Diary of a Hollow Horse”: their 5th studio album. An accompanying video was made inspired by a painting of Annie Swynnerton called “The Sense of Sight” (1895: showing an angel gazing up to the heavens) which is housed […]

Geyster – With All Due Respect

Geyster – With All Due Respect

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Geyster seems to have been around for ages, since “With All Due Respect” is his 7th album to date, so yes, the respect is due.  A “French Connection” of mine pointed him out to me and I am forever grateful. “With All Due Respect” houses a lot of my past musical influences and it lifts my […]

New Sophistipop Playlist

New Sophistipop Playlist

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Sophistipop is making a comeback! The old stuff is back in vogue and a lot of newer band are paying homage to this genre that was popular in the 80’s. I selected 10 new Sophistipop tracks that I personally love and think are worth listening to (for more info on the genre see http://fadeawayradiate.com/2016/10/sophistipop-then-and-now: 1. […]

Tenant from Zero: single, EP and interview

Tenant from Zero: single, EP and interview

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I think every Sophistipop lover would be over the moon to hear a combination of Prefab Sprout and The Aluminum Group with the vocals of David Sylvian, produced by neo Sophisti maestro Kurt Feldman. Well this is it!! I am honoured to introduce the brand-new Sophistipop project Tenant from Zero, brainchild of Paul Darrah: singer, […]

The Holiday Crowd Album

The Holiday Crowd Album

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The Holiday Crowd Album Label: Shelflife Records Release date: January 13, 2017 If ever there’s music that I consider to be timeless and will never bore me, it’s the music of my favourite guitarist Johnny Marr, and the latter is the first thing that springs to mind upon hearing The Holiday Crowd. Is this a good […]

Germans – Live in Amsterdam Bitterzoet 28-01-2017

Germans – Live in Amsterdam Bitterzoet 28-01-2017

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Germans supporting The Radio Dept.- Amsterdam -28-01-2017 Set list: 1. Dead Bird 2. Hideaway (new track) 3. Cruel 4. Delusions (new track) 5. Anne + Cats 4EVA 6. Wonderhow A known fact by now: I love Kurt Feldman (Depreciation Guild, Ice Choir) and his productions for others ….see my article on SophistiPop Now and Then. […]

Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries

Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries

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Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries review and interview Release date October 14 Lolipop Records One thing is certain: the Depreciation Guild played a huge part in my rekindled love for shoegaze but before the revival reached its peak (around last year) the band was disbanded (2011) and its band-members went on to do their own thing. […]

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

Live review, interview with Gary Daly, and review of “Autumn in the Neighbourhood “ As much as I enjoy listening to old 80’s bands sometimes and go “oh yeah..that…what the hell were we thinking?!”…most of them sound really period-bound and it’s hard not to think it’s just interesting from a kitschy/retro view-point. I am not likely […]

Sophistipop Then and Now…

Sophistipop Then and Now…

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According to wiki, the term: “Sophisti-pop was a subgenre of pop music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK. It incorporates elements of jazz, soul and pop. Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.” Anybody over 40 that used to think of themselves as […]