Top 30 Synth Albums of 2017

TOP 30 Synth-Based Albums/EPs from 2017!

This list was very hard to do. There were so many amazing albums, EP’s, and singles released in 2017. In order for an album to qualify, it had to be in my library. I get music a lot of ways. A lot of times promoters, record labels, and artists send me their music so I can play the music. A lot of times I have to buy the albums. Sometimes the artists offer the albums up for free on their web page, Bandcamp, or other sources.

All those sources resulted in having 4,396 unique album/EP/single entries from 2017 that I had to go through. That’s a daunting number and it should be noted that there’s no way I have all the new music released in 2017! There is no doubt in my mind that I missed some new music that may have ended up on this list if I had it in my library.

Narrowing the list down:

In order for an album to qualify it had to be new material from the musician/band. So the first thing I did was remove any remix albums. The second thing I did was remove any compilation/best of/greatest hits albums. The third thing I did was remove any singles where the song was part of a later or earlier album. Doing those three things dwindled the number of unique entries to 3,477. Still a daunting task.

Next step was to go through each of those almost 3,500 entries and rate them from 1 to 10. Then I deleted everything that I rated 8 or below. Entries required a 9 or 10 to make it to next round. This processes narrowed the unique entries to 76.

I then re-rated the remaining 76 entries with a much stricter ear. After the re-rating I removed anything below a 9. That left me with 47 unique entries. Then I had to do it again until I got down to 40 entries. At this point, removing anyone from the list physically hurt my heart. The amount of awesome goodness on that list of 47 and 40 was painful as I removed one after another.

Now that I had it down to 40, I had to remove 10 more, who are the honorable mentions. As hard as it was getting down to 40, removing those 10 more was even more difficult!

The Caveats:

  1. Music is subjective. There is a really good chance that your list would be completely different from mine. I did not use any criteria like record sales, listening stats, or anything that would require me to hire someone with a Master’s Degree in musicology.
  2. My criteria for the initial rating and re-rating was asking two simple questions:
    1. Do I want to listen to this album on repeat or just once and listen to a different album?
    2. Are the majority of the songs on the album listenable? The more I wanted to listen to an album on repeat and the more songs on it that were listenable, the higher the rating it got (weighted for singles and EP’s of course). Narrowing those down to just 40/30 was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be for sure.
  3. I am sure that I will get a lot of “But what about Band A and album B? How could you not list those?” See #1. Music is subjective to the listener.

There was a lot of amazing new music put out in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is just as awesome!

2017 TOP 30 SYNTH-BASED ALBUMS (alphabetical order):

3FORCE — Resistance
3Teeth — _shutdown.exe_
AM Tierpark — Trashy Luxury
Angelspit — Black Dog Bite
Arian 1 — Signals
Blakk Glass — Trial EP
Christopher Anton — Connected
CRYSEHD — EP III
deZeption — Mature
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Elektrostaub — Birthday And Death
Funker Vogt — Code Of Conduct
Gary Numan — Savage: Songs From A Broken World
Grendel — Age Of The Disposable Body
Hexheart — Midnight On A Moonless Night
Lorelei Dreaming — Banshee
ManMindMachine — Point Of Departure EP
Missing in STARS — Echo Point
Night Drive — Night Drive
Priest — New Flesh
Reflection — Lumen EP
Schwarzschild — Radius
Stilz — Starcrash
T.O.Y — Pain Is Love
Telekon — Hope for Believers
Torul — Monday EP
Wiccid — By Design
William Control — Revelations: The White EP
Xenturion Prime — Humanity Plus
Zynic — Neon Oblivion

2017 SYNTH-BASED HONORABLE MENTIONS:

C-Lekktor — Out Of My Way
Crüxshadows, The — Astromythology
Dav Dralleon — Depths EP
Forces Of Light — Darklights
New Division, The — No Pride In Paradise EP
Orange Sector — Endzeit (Deluxe Edition)
Slave Republic — Songs For Sinners
Sonic Reunion — Turning Point
Vainerz — Patient
Watch Clark — First Week of Winter

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Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 5: O to R) Edition! 11/16/16

Suzanne Ciani, a New Age synth icon!

Suzanne Ciani, a New Age synth icon!

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like some synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists (and musicians) in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 5: O to R!

ARTIST: Omnimar
SONG: Ego Love
ALBUM: Start
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: One Vista
SONG: Nothing Else
ALBUM: Changing Places
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: The Other Two
SONG: Selfish
ALBUM: The Other Two & You
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Owlle
SONG: Ticky Ticky
ALBUM: France
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Paradoxx
SONG: Radium-Lover
ALBUM: Atomika
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Parallels
SONG: Ritual Dancer
ALBUM: XII
YEAR: 2012

Some of their songs are male vocals and that’s okay, we like those too. ;)

Parralox is a busy band for sure. Original music, tons of amazing covers, a radio show (Neon Nights), and they go out of their way to share other awesome synth music to their fans. They are a fan’s band for sure! So check them out when you get the chance.

ARTIST: Parralox
SONG: Electricity
ALBUM: Electricity (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Pearls of Dew
SONG: Out Of Time
ALBUM: Alpha
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Phantogram
SONG: Celebrating Nothing
ALBUM: Phantogram EP
YEAR: 2013

Can’t have a women of synth list without Poeme Electronique!

ARTIST: Poeme Electronique
SONG: The Echoes Fade
ALBUM: Echoes Fade, The (2009 Remastered Reissue) (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 1982 (original release)

ARTIST: Pool Waitress
SONG: I’ll Trash Your Name
ALBUM: Diving Bored
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Pristina
SONG: The Ides Of May
ALBUM: Stars & Sirens
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Prospective
SONG: The Dark Side Of Life
ALBUM: The Dark Side Of Life
YEAR: 2008

I had the pleasure of seeing Purity Ring in Birmingham, AL of all places. Such a great show full of light and grace and melody. Did I mention I saw them in Alabama of all places? LOL

ARTIST: Purity Ring
SONG: Heartsigh
ALBUM: Another Eternity
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Purple Fog Side
SONG: Emptiness Is a Gift
ALBUM: Reality Awaits
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Roman Remains
SONG: Crown Upon My Head
ALBUM: Energy You EP
YEAR: 2013

Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 4: K to N) Edition! 11/12/16

womeninsynth

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like some synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists (and musicians) in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 4: K to N!

ARTIST: KAOS!
SONG: Fun
ALBUM: Scream In Silence
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Kidneythieves
SONG: Never and Me
ALBUM: The Invisible Plan EP
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: The Knife
SONG: Heartbeats
ALBUM: Deep Cuts
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Kriistal Ann
SONG: Fail Of Misery
ALBUM: Cultural Bleeding
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Krystal System
SONG: Un État d’Hypnose
ALBUM: Nuclear (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: La floa maldita
SONG: Secrets & Dreams
ALBUM: Salut Jacques
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Destroy Everything You Touch
ALBUM: Witching Hour
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Leandra
SONG: If You Follow
ALBUM: Isomorphine
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Linea Aspera
SONG: Detachment
ALBUM: Linea Aspera EP
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Mari Chrome
SONG: Toxic
ALBUM: Georgy # 11811 (Limited Edition Box Set)
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Marnie
SONG: Sugarland
ALBUM: Crystal World
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: marsheaux
SONG: Secret Place
ALBUM: Inhale
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Me The Tiger
SONG: Pocket Sized Edition Ending
ALBUM: Me The Tiger
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Miss FD
SONG: Love Magick
ALBUM: Love Magick (Single)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Miss Kittin
SONG: Maneki Neko
ALBUM: Calling From The Stars
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Missing Persons
SONG: Words
ALBUM: The Best of Missing Persons
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Moon Rock
SONG: Can We Change the Dream?
ALBUM: Charming Gravity
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: New Look
SONG: So Real
ALBUM: New Look
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: No:carrier
SONG: Let Me Walk Alone
ALBUM: Wisdom & Failure
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Northern Kind
SONG: Pop
ALBUM: Wired
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: nouvelle phénomène
SONG: Cruel Game
ALBUM: Glory Of Romance
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: NUN
SONG: Stop!
ALBUM: Sunlight
YEAR: 2006

Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 3: F to J) Edition! 11/06/16

womeninsynth

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like some synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists (and musicians) in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 3: F to J!

ARTIST: Fangoria
SONG: Geometría Polisentimental
ALBUM: Canciones Para Robots Románticos
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Feathers
SONG: Familiar So Strange
ALBUM: If All Now Here
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Freezepop
SONG: Natural Causes
ALBUM: Imaginary Friends
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: FrontAngel
SONG: Wunderschöne Welt
ALBUM: Paradox
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Future Perfect
SONG: The Hunter
ALBUM: Dirty Little Secrets
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: The Girl & The Robot
SONG: Another Love
ALBUM: The Beauty of Decay
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Glasser
SONG: Exposure
ALBUM: Interiors
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Glow
SONG: Gabriel
ALBUM: Rain Theory
YEAR: 2004

Without a doubt my favorite local band here in Austin. The genius musical talents of Mike Peña, the awesome percussion work of @Shawnie Doogans, and the brilliant and wrenching (as in tugs on your soul) vocals of Lisa Perkins make for an amazing combination. If you live in Austin keep an eye out for this up-and-coming band who recently opened for Assemblage 23.

And go buy their album! You won’t regret it. It’s a nonstop barrage of awesomeness and synth magic. Oh, and they just released a cover Journey’s “Who’s Crying Now?” that’s beautifully tragic and gloriously magical at the same time, so give that a listen as well.

ARTIST: Hamerzya
SONG: Are We Likely
ALBUM: Welcome, Strange Visitor
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Helalyn Flowers
SONG: Before The Sunshine
ALBUM: White Me In Black Me Out
YEAR: 2013


She doesn’t sing on every track, but when she does it’s magical…

ARTIST: Hidden Place
SONG: Legendary Divers
ALBUM: Novecento
YEAR: 2012

Some songs by HMB have a male vocalist, but I really love the songs where she sings…

ARTIST: HMB
SONG: Revelation
ALBUM: Great Industrial Love Affairs
YEAR: 2001

Such an influential band in the synth-based music world (even to this day)! This is definitely a band that cannot be left off any Women of Synth list (even if the women vocalist were often background vocals for the lead male vocal)!

ARTIST: The Human League
SONG: (Keep Feeling) Fascination
ALBUM: The Very Best of Human League (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1983 (song)

ARTIST: Hungry Lucy
SONG: Grave
ALBUM: Apparitions
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: I Am The World Trade Center
SONG: Future Sightings
ALBUM: The Cover Up
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Invisible Ballet
SONG: Escaping Light
ALBUM: Escaping Light
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Invisible Limits
SONG: Kill Me Dearly
ALBUM: A Conscious State (Expanded)
YEAR: 1989


ARTIST: Javelynn
SONG: Morphine
ALBUM: Chimaera At Heart
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Junksista
SONG: Strictly Physical
ALBUM: High Voltage Confessions
YEAR: 2014

Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 2: C to E) Edition! 11/05/16

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney's TRON.

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney’s TRON.

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like some synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 2: C to E!

ARTIST: Capsize
SONG: Do You Believe The Lies (Cistrans Remix)
ALBUM: Perfect Wreck, A (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: CHIASM
SONG: Petals
ALBUM: 11-11
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: CHVRCHES
SONG: By The Throat
ALBUM: The Bones Of What You Believe (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Class Actress
SONG: Need To Know
ALBUM: Rapprocher
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Client
SONG: Authority
ALBUM: Authority
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Club8
SONG: Late Nights
ALBUM: Pleasure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Collide
SONG: Crushed
ALBUM: Some Kind Of Strange
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: The Crystalline Effect
SONG: How I Get Out
ALBUM: Identity (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Sky Punch (Alt Mix)
ALBUM: Fin
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Daybehavior
SONG: Devil In Me
ALBUM: Have You Ever Touched A Dream
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: DEAR STRANGE
SONG: The Unicorn
ALBUM: The Unicorn EP
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Diffuzion
SONG: Wired Tunes
ALBUM: Body Code (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Dissonance
SONG: Fearless
ALBUM: Reincarnate
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Distorted Reality
SONG: In My Dream
ALBUM: Fine Line Between Love And Hate, The (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Effcee
SONG: Gentle Devastation
ALBUM: Perfect (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2004

Ego Likeness are currently on tour with Adoration Destroyed and will be at Elysium Austin on 11/12, so come out for two great bands!

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: The Breach
ALBUM: Water to the Dead
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Eight to Infinity
SONG: Carbon Dating
ALBUM: Aether
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Einsend
SONG: Fue (Original Mix)
ALBUM: Primary Remixes
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Electrogenic
SONG: Another Day
ALBUM: Double Exposure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Elen Cora
SONG: Days And Dreams
ALBUM: House Of Cards
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Emmon
SONG: Distance
ALBUM: Nomme (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2011

What list of women in synth would be complete without the amazing vocals of Annie Lennox?!?!?!?!

ARTIST: Eurythmics
SONG: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
ALBUM: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: EYCROMON
SONG: Give Retaliation
ALBUM: Awake From The Sleepers
YEAR: 2011