Neo-Synth-Pop Dreams

While EDM and its neon-coated brethren receive plenty of attention, the indie-leaning side of electronic music is also enjoying a creative renaissance. From acts who have evolved beyond the limiting chillwave tag (Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Gold Panda) and newer groups dabbling in soulful '80s radio ear candy (Dungeonesse, MS MR) to practitioners of disco-edged dancefloor jams (Factory Floor, Holy Ghost!, Daphni) and vibrant electro-pop artists (Chvrches, Say Lou Lou, Frankie Rose, Oh Land), the new crop of keyboard-forward groups is unafraid to flaunt its diversity -- and transcend its influences. Need more proof? Try New York-based The Secret History, whose new ...Expand ยป

While EDM and its neon-coated brethren receive plenty of attention, the indie-leaning side of electronic music is also enjoying a creative renaissance. From acts who have evolved beyond the limiting chillwave tag (Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Gold Panda) and newer groups dabbling in soulful '80s radio ear candy (Dungeonesse, MS MR) to practitioners of disco-edged dancefloor jams (Factory Floor, Holy Ghost!, Daphni) and vibrant electro-pop artists (Chvrches, Say Lou Lou, Frankie Rose, Oh Land), the new crop of keyboard-forward groups is unafraid to flaunt its diversity -- and transcend its influences. Need more proof? Try New York-based The Secret History, whose new album, Americans Singing in the Dark, is a swooning spin on the kind of frosty synth-pop inspired by The Smiths and Prefab Sprout.

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