Revival Synth Presents....

NEW EP - INTIMATION 27/9/19
 
BLONDEKING
Salt Lake City
Blondeking is a modern indie band with a retro-forward vibe. This is most obvious on the new single release called “Still Wishing” which features the b-side “Silent and Awake”. 
These new songs were produced with the idea that in the early ’80s there was this amazing convergence of the analog world with the emerging digital realm. 
From synths and effects to recording techniques, everything was changing during that time and with it emerged a new sound. Blondeking tried to channel inspiration from the worlds of Martin Hannett and Stephen Hague to produce a sound on these tracks that emotes the feeling of that era.

Blondeking has released a cover of The Ocean Blue song “Cerulean”.  This individual take on the song tries to hold true to the original version of the song while taking on the unique sound that Blondeking is known for.

Also, Blondeking recently worked with Grammy award-winning Producer, Philip Larsen, one-half of the duo Manhattan Clique, on a remix of the song called “Far Away My Soul”. The remix titled “Far Away My Soul – Philip Larsen Saints and Sinners Remix” showcases the song in a different light with a light “house” vibe and a richer mix.

Following that project, Blondeking asked Philip to help on a cover of New Order’s “Weirdo”. Once again he worked his magic with incredible results.

 

The new EP titled “intimation” delves into sounds that drove the 80’s underground. 

Thomas said, “When thinking about this release, I wanted to look back to the era of pioneers like WaxTrax records and also to look at how digital sampling was shaping music in particular.” 

Thomas goes on to talk about how dance music and industrial music were taking shape in the early to mid-1980s with bands like Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Cabaret Voltaire, and Front 242 were redefining and expanding the alternative music landscape. “These bands were pushing the boundaries of what synths could do in a different way than more mainstream synths artists were doing. In the early days of all synth bands many critics called synth music ‘light’ or ‘cheesy’. These bands proved that synths could be anti-establishment and could have a voice that screamed out.”

The title track “Say It”  blends that synth sensibility with industrial overtones producing an edgy but danceable track.

The second song on the release is the track “Time (Take Me Back)” which Blondeking describes as a “totally shameless homage” filled with 80’s references in both music and lyrics. Thomas says, “This is one track where I really put over references to things I love about the 80s. It’s a quirky track but in a very weird way, it’s a love song to the era.”

Finally, the closing track titled, “Slide” lends a slight funky twist to the retro dance music vibe across the maxi-single. 

Overall, this release is fun and spirited attempt to capture the essence of 80s underground dance and industrial music.

Tracks : 1. Time (Take Me Back) 2. The Silent Son 3. Say It 4. Butterfly 5. Slide 6. Say It (Spiteful Mix)

 

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