Margot – Desensitised

Margot – Desensitised

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Yours truly, like most other people, had never heard of the London-based quintet Margot, until I heard “Desensitised” played on the rather wonderful podcast Near Perfect Pitch  (a weekly podcast featuring the best in Indie, Alternative and BritPop, and Shoegaze), and a friend of mine went nuts! The friend was right, of course, “Desensitised” is a great song […]

Nah … – Summer’s Failing EP

Nah … – Summer’s Failing EP

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Indiepop duo Nah… , who are based in Amsterdam in Munster, have released their debut EP “Summer’s Failing”, and it’s everything that fans of dreampop and twee could possibly ask for. Luscious harmonies and indie pop sensibility is stamped upon each track and with the short release, less is more, and this lends itself to welcomed […]

Boy Pablo – Losing You

Boy Pablo – Losing You

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Boy Pablo are Pablo Muñoz, a 19-year-old teenager from Norway with a Chilean background, and Declan Mckenna and Gus Dapperton, his best friends. Together they started Boy Pablo, a bedroom project, in 2016 and released 3 singles and a 6-track EP. All Boy Pablo’s tracks are self produced and written. Boy Pablo‘s “Everytime” ended up […]

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 […]

Bye Bye Badman – Wave EP

Bye Bye Badman – Wave EP

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Artist: Bye Bye Badman Album: Wave Released: April 29, 2017 Genre: K-pop Label/Distributor: Magic Strawberry sound   Korean band Bye Bye Badman are an indie electro-pop group from Seoul that owe their name to a Stone Roses song. Coming across them was bliss! There’s quite a lot of material already and some of it is really […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Sunshade – Souvenir & Interview with Mathieu & JC

Sunshade – Souvenir & Interview with Mathieu & JC

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Sunshade are an Indiepop duo from France, consisting of two guys with the most exotic sounding surnames: Mathieu Rivalan and J.C Valleran. Their blend is an extremely subtle take on the sort of dream pop mix or hybrid that seems to be popular in this day and age. Mathieu popped up on my FB feeds […]

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. […]

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 […]