Chromatics – Black Walls

Chromatics – Black Walls

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On May 16th, Portland-based four piece Chromatics (Ruth Radelet, Johnny Jewel, Adam Miller & Nat Walker), share their new track/ video “Black Walls” and confirm that their 5th studio album, ‘Dear Tommy’, will finally be out in autumn this year, on Italians Do It Better. In the self-directed video for “Black Walls,” singer Ruth holds […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, composer Brooklyn, NY. Enjoy […]

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. […]

Drab Majesty –  The Demonstration

Drab Majesty – The Demonstration

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Drab Majesty – The Demonstration Released: January 20th 2017 Label: Dais Records Stark, beautiful, and poignant; the much-anticipated release from Los Angeles two-piece Drab Majesty has finally been released. With the singles “39 by Design”, “Cold Souls” and “Too Soon To Tell’ being pre-released, I was already familiar with these songs and when it was […]

Softer Still EP

Softer Still EP

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RELEASE DATE: Out Now TYPE: Digital EP LABEL: Label Fandango Track Listing 1. Eulogy 2. New Age 3. Bliss 4. Company I came across Softer Still whilst searching for new UK based dreampop acts, because of some event that might take place in the future. No, I’m not telling you yet. There are obviously many similar […]

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 […]