12 epic Synth Pop songs of recent years that you should not have missed!

12 epic Synth Pop songs of recent years that you should not have missed!

I'll bet you find a new favourite song!

Sometimes, only some­times, a song appears  that imme­di­ately blasts your brain away, and you fall deeply in love with it. In this art­icle I’m going to present you 12 epic Synth Pop songs you shouldn’t have missed if you are a true Synthpop music fan. Please keep in mind that this is an unordered list without any rating.

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1. Mimicry – The Destination

And here we start with a song from the band Mimicry. "The Destination" is a lovely and naïve Synthpop song with a light footed melody on a good mid-tempo beat. The song was released in early 2012. Unfortunately they nev­er released a full-length album. I know they had some EPs, but their offi­cial web­site and social chan­nels are all down.

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Mimicry pre­form for Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

“Their aim – to pro­duce per­fectly mind­blow­ing party music and to pro­voke emo­tions nev­er felt before. Aggressive and arrog­ant, oth­er­worldly and express­ive, Mimicry fuses elec­tro­clash with psy­che­del­ic techno, eth­nic beats and gar­age rock.” Extract from Mimicry´s biography.

Members:

Kene Vernik – Vocals
Jaanus Telvar – Vocals
Paul Lepasson – Producer
Timmo Linnas – Guitar

Watch the official music video The Destination by Mimicry


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2. Ben Ivory – The Righteous Ones

"The Righteous Ones" is Ben Ivory's second single from the debut album Neon Cathedral, and offi­cial entry song for the German nation­al finals for ESC 2013! Officially, this is a power­ful, dance­able queer song. Personally, I find this song has many more lay­ers. From the lyr­ic­al point of view, it is more of a song about the uncon­di­tion­al accept­ance of equality.

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Ben Ivory Promo Photography by Katja Kuhl

What I really love about this song is its light and catchy way, and once the chor­us starts a dynam­ic, ener­get­ic beat drives the song to its peak. I rated the album Neon Cathedral with a 3.9 stars rat­ing, because there are a plenty of oth­er great songs on it. You can read the full track by track review here. Hopefully the sequel will be worthwhile.

Official Ben Ivory channels:

facebook.com/benivoryofficial
3en1vory.tumblr.com

Watch the official music video The Righteous Ones by Ben Ivory

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3. Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith – Not In Love

"Not In Love" is a cov­er song ori­gin­ally pro­duced by Platinum Blonde. Crystal Castles have adop­ted this song, com­pletely mod­ern­ized, and with Robert Smith's voice they pro­duced a real club hit. The mel­an­chol­ic lyr­ics stands against the dance­able beat, like the meta­phor­ic­al "dan­cing with tears in my eyes".

Sadly they didn't release an offic­al music video for the song. At least they pub­lished a video with a still image on their offi­cial YouTube chan­nel. Furthermore YouTube user Nanalew made a really good fan music video which you can check out here: Nanalew' fan video for Not In Love.

Watch the official music video Not In Love by Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith

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4. Lowe – A 1000 Miles

The band Lowe has cre­ate­da superb Synthpop hit with "A 1000 Miles". This track has the right tempo, a catchy melody, and the chor­us is an easy sing-along. The song also provides some Electrorock ele­ments with a cool elec­tric gui­tar, without emphas­iz­ing it too much. It's still more Pop than Rock.

Wikipedia on the band: "Lowe is a Swedish syn­thpop band formed in 2002 by Leo Josefsson (vocals/guitar), Rickard Gunnarsson (bass) and Mehdi Bagherzadeh (key­boards). The music can be described as emo­tion­al pop, con­trived with elec­tron­ic ele­ments. lowe_bandTheir first three singles ”The Vanishing”, ”Ahead Of Our Time” and "Hear Me Out" quickly earned them the repu­ta­tion as ”the new hope for Swedish pop”. The band has been com­pared to such artists as Depeche Mode, New Order, Keane and A‑ha.".

Official Lowe channels:

www.facebook.com/LoweMusic
www.twitter.com/lowemusic

Watch the official music video A 1000 Miles by Lowe

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5. Pre/Verse – Trace Of Water

A debut with a deserved 4 star rat­ing – this is Pre/Verse's album Obstacles. Originating from this album, "Trace Of Water" is only one of many ear­worms that make you want to dance imme­di­ately. However, the band mem­bers are no green­horns. Some of them have gained exper­i­ence with bands like Blutengel, Harmjoy, Tyske Ludder and Rotersand. The res­ult is that spec­tac­u­lar debut album.

The meaning of Pre/Verse

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Pre/Verse – Stylish in music and looks

The band`s name is a deriv­a­tion of an urb­an slang word, describ­ing a sin­ful or evil thought or feel­ing. Pre/Verse`s leit­motif is tak­ing a snap­shot of inner con­flict, fail­ure, the quest for the way or the way out. Catharsis. It is telling a story of unful­filled long­ings and dreams as well as the bur­den of feel­ing obliged to find a com­prom­ise where none is per­mit­ted. Born in pain, but not neces­sar­ily intoned pain­fully. Five indi­vidu­als hav­ing built a fra­gile cos­mos of indi­vidu­al­ity and com­prom­ise. We are PRE/VERSE.

Official Pre/Verse channels:

www.preverse.net
www.facebook.com/preverse
www.twitter.com/preverse

Watch the official music video Trace Of Water by Pre/Verse

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6. Aesthetic Perfection – Antibody

Aesthetic Perfection might not fit 100% into the Synthpop genre, actu­ally it's some­thing between Futurepop and Industrial. In my opin­ion Daniel Graves has pro­duced a more dance­able, and melod­ic song than ever before with "Antibody". Allthough the song "Inhuman" from the pre­vi­ous album is quite com­par­able, it doesn´t reach this new, catchy attitude.

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'Til Death by Aesthetic Perfection Electrozombies Album Of The Year 2014

Album Of The Year Award 2014

"Antibody" is the first single from the fourth album 'Til Death which became Electrozombies´ Album Of The Year in 2014. Like "Antibody" also all the oth­er singles (Big Bad Wolf, The Dark Half, and The New Black) achieved a full 5 star rat­ing. Definitely a must-have record!

Official Aesthetic Perfection channels

aesthetic-perfection.net
www.facebook.com/aestheticperfection
www.twitter.com/daniel_graves
www.youtube.com/user/xclosetohumanx

Watch the official music video Antibody by Aesthetic Perfection

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7. Age Zero – Perfect Tragedy

From 'Aesthetic Perfection' to a 'Perfect Tragedy': Age Zero is Jan Weisbrod´s solo pro­ject who was the founder and sing­er of the Electrorock band Heavy-Current. This is prob­ably the least access­ible song on the list. But once you´ve got­ten into it, you will find an incred­ible depth in the song that is rarely to be found. I also reviewed track by track the self titled 2013 album. With an over­all rat­ing of 4.25 stars it nar­rowly missed the first place of the Album Of The Year award. See the full track by track review here.

Official Age Zero channels

age-zero.com
www.facebook.com/AGEZEROofficial
www.twitter.com/AGEZERO
age-zero.tumblr.com

Watch the official music video Perfect Tragedy by Age Zero

https://youtu.be/8vSNg7rom7s
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8. Tying Tiffany – Lost Way

Tying Tiffany is an elec­tron­ic music sing­er and song­writer, born in 1978 in Italy. She already released two full length albums before but some­how I missed these pre­vi­ous releases. "Lost Way" is taken from the 2010 album Peoples Temple; it does have some heavy gui­tars indeed, but I wouldn´t call it Electrorock. The tunes are har­mo­ni­ous and the sound is really dynamical.

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Tying Tiffany – Peoples Temple Cover art­work (2010)

In my opin­ion "Peoples Temple" is Tying Tiffany´s best album so far. The suc­cessors Dark Days, White Nights (2012) and Drop (2014) didn't catch me that intense as Peoples Temple did. I can only recom­mend this mas­ter piece. Additionaly the album was released in a remix edi­tion with remix ver­sions from Spiral69, XP8, You Love Her Cause She's Dead, and some more.

Official Tying Tiffany channels

www.tyingtiffany.com
www.facebook.com/tyingtiffanyofficial
www.twitter.com/tyingtiffany
www.youtube.com/user/tyingtiffanyy
tyingtiffany.tumblr.com
soundcloud.com/tyingtiffany

Watch the official music video Lost Way by Tying Tiffany

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9. Solar Fake – More Than This

Solar Fake has by now become well-known and pop­u­lar in the black elec­tron­ic scene. When I first watched the music video of "More Than This", the band was far from being pop­u­lar. So, I really felt I found some­thing new and spe­cial. The song linked beau­ti­fully dark lyr­ics with a dance­able uptempo beat. Back then, just like today, this song really impressed me. And what´s best: the guys from Solar Fake grow bet­ter and better.

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Solar Fake's second album Frontiers

"More Than This" is taken from their second album called Frontiers. Besides oth­er great tracks there is also a gor­geous cov­er ver­sion of Talk Talk's "Such A Shame" on it. In the end I found a new favour­ite band through this won­der­ful song "More than this".

Official Solar Fake channels

solarfake.de
www.facebook.com/SolarFake
www.twitter.com/solarfake

Watch the official music video More Than This by Solar Fake

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10. Jack Strify – Halo

When the band Cinema Bizarre took a cre­at­ive break, Strify star­ted a solo career as Jack Strify. And to be hon­est, I needed to do a research for this, because I nev­er listened to Cinema Bizarre. Maybe I'll do someday, when I really have a lot of time.

Back to the main top­ic. "Halo (We're The Only One)" is a won­der­ful and a little cheesy love song. The whole arrange­ment fits homo­gen­eously to the lyr­ics. Soft melod­ies, an angel­ic voice but it also offers enough pop factor for dancing.

Official Jack Strify channels

www.jackstrify.net
www.facebook.com/jackstrifyofficial
www.twitter.com/jackestrify
www.instagram.com/jackstrify
jackxstrify.tumblr.com

Watch the official music video Halo by Jack Strify


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BONUS CONTENT! The following two bands are no typical Synth Pop bands as one might expect. Still, these songs are close enough to relate to the others.

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11. Dúné – 80 Years

Dúné is no ordin­ary Synth Pop band. On the con­trary, they cre­ate a mix­ture of Electrorock and Indietronic. During the past years, and the shrink­ing of the band of once 7 to only 3 mem­bers, the sound has unfor­tu­nately become less and less elec­tron­ic, which I per­son­ally pity very much.

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Dúné – We Are In There You Are Out Here

However, the song "80 Years" forms an excep­tion because it is very elec­tron­ic, intu­it­ive and also a little naïve – just the way it should be for a young band, and that's what makes the song so ami­able. The whole album "We Are In There You Are Out Here" as well as the fol­low­ing album "Enter Metropolis" are def­in­itely worth listen­ing to!

Official Dúné channels

dunesite.com
facebook.com/dunesite
twitter.com/dunesite
instagram.com/dunesite

Watch the official music video 80 Years by Dúné

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12. Human Lynx – This Robotic Heart

Last but not least, and also the new­est one in this list is a band from Sweden called Human Lynx. They simply define their music as elec­tron­ic indie pop. For me, their music style is quite close to Synth Pop. The sound is very clear and crisp, not too min­im­al­ist­ic and not too over­filled.  The voice is clearly in the fore­ground which focusses the lyr­ics. Unfortunately the band hasn´t released a full length album yet.

Official Human Lynx channels

www.humanlynx.com
www.facebook.com/HumanLynx
twitter.com/humanlynx
instagram.com/humanlynx
soundcloud.com/humanlynx

Watch the official music video This Robotic Heart by Human Lynx

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Enjoy the whole playlist on Spotify


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Did you enjoy this list? Found something new?

Please share your thoughts in the com­ments. If you think, I for­got some­thing or you just want to sug­gest related oth­er bands, feel invited to use the com­ment sec­tion below! Watch out for more lists com­ing soon.

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