April 21, 2009
Wired was our 2nd album released in April 2009.
While Spotify has lots to cater for synthpop fans, some of the newer independent synthpop bands from the UK are not yet represented. Two of these artists, Northern Kind and Starbase 109 have both recently released brilliant follow-up albums. If you like bands such as Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Human League, S.P.O.C.K., Kraftwerk, or Freezepop then do yourself a favour and check out these new albums!
Northern Kind – WIRED:
Northern Kind are Matt and Sarah from Leicester in England. Their first album Fiftythreedegreesnorth was an instant hit in the synthpop community and reached number 5 on the download charts in Sweden when release a couple of years ago. It was a fantastic d?©but and gained Northern Kind a lot of listeners, especially fans of Yazoo, Erasure, and early Depeche Mode.
Mastered by the legendary Simon Heyworth, WIRED: is Northern Kind’s second album and I think it’s the best synthpop album since Parralox’s d?©but last year. The first release on the new Electronically Yours label, WIRED: is a rich, lush, varied album with some fantastic pop songs and a depth and maturity that was perhaps lacking from the first album. WIRED: is still firmly synthpop, but now Northern Kind have found their own sound and are much more than a modern-day Yazoo.
Opener Pop is aptly titled: I love this song, it’s perfect pop and is the ideal introduction to the album. Electric to Me is a gorgeous slow number and highlights what a talented vocalist and lyricist Sarah Heeley is.
Automatic proves that Matt and Sarah could be writing for Kylie, while Dirty Youth has some of my favourite sequences on the album. Crash could have been written for Fiftythreedegreesnorth (it’s one of the best Yazoo songs Vince Clarke never wrote) and album closer T&TEXT is an extended, superior remixed cut of Northern Kind’s xmas song Tears and Tinsel.
DJ Gary Hunter has written an excellent review of the new album and gave it a stunning 10 out of 10 score, so head over there if you want to read more. I’d give WIRED: a 9.5, mostly because the intriguing instrumental track Un.Titled is just too short!
Stand-out tracks: Pop, Electric to Me, Automatic, Dirty Youth, Crash, T&Text
Afront : Pansentient League
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