Today sees the release of two new electro-pop/witch-house/epic space-synth albums from The Electric Witch. The one of most interest to old-school video game lovers is NEScapism, a collection of Nintendo covers wrapped up in a loving, nostalgic glow. It includes iconic tracks from Castlevania, Dragon Quest, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Metroid. Slathered in layers of melodic retro synth sounds and more modern production, NEScapism isn't so much a reinvention of the classics as much as it is a simple love-letter to these formative songs.
The other album is all original material called Assassin. It follows the same ideas of NEScapism, though with a slightly darker slant, as well as 100% vocoded (a.k.a. robotic i.e. Daft Punk-like) vocals. Themes of cosmic loneliness, sex, love, broken relationships and yes, killing, anchor the muscular layers of synths and beats.
You can stream it all for free, download a couple free tracks and buy each album for only $1.
[Note: You may remember the 2 hour epic/drone remix album Dream with Portals from Dirty Knobs featured on Dtoid not long ago. It's still completely free (pay what you want) as well!]
Yeah, I know that none of you reading this will be able to make it out to far-flung Duluth, Minnesota just to see my humble band play a show at a hipster pizza joint, but I'm going to shove this in your face anyway. Mostly because of the awesome poster you see above.
The poster was illustrated by Becky of the web comic Tiny Kitten Teeth. I personally added the gore and the text, just so you know who to blame.
If you want to know more about the show and the bands, well, here you go:
Come celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day with Duck Duck Punch (Duluth), The Surfactants (Duluth, Superior, St. Paul) and International Espionage! (Mpls.) From synth pop to electro-rock, this will be the most electric and eclectic Anti-Valentine's Day celebration anywhere. Come commiserate with us at Pizza Luce, Saturday, February 13th, 2010. $5. All ages. Bring (just) a friend.
Hey synthpop fans! I'm going to be interviewing Freezepop very very soon. If you've got a question that's just burning inside of you like a questionable burning sensation that burns, then by all means unleash it upon the comments here.
You might also want to check out my previous Destructoid interview with the band here.
As our most sexy and savvy constant readers at Japanator already know, I sort of have a thing for music. As those very same readers may not know, despite being sexy and savvy (and, might I say, of above average intelligence ) I also make music. Out of thin air. Like magic. Because I am a wizard.
OK, not really. In reality I'm just a drummer with delusions of grandeur. But that hasn't stopped me from thinking that my band The Surfactants is pretty OK. We're a new-wave electro rock band inspired by Polysics, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and revolution.
You can find us just about everywhere, but here are three of the main ways to interact with us, get free music and get music that you pay for which is way better than the free music. First, thesurfactants.com. That's the main site/blog, which you already figured out because you're not brain-dead.
This is our Facebook group. I don't really understand it, but it seems like something people do. Join up and talk about whatever you want.
This the our boring MySpace page. It's boring because we want it to work and not be all spammy looking or break your Internet. Again, join up so that we can spam you.
Thanks for checking us out. We've got new music on the way. I hope you enjoy it.