Today’s episode features music by X-O-Planet, Eloquent, Essence Of Mind, Leæther Strip, Seabound, Glow, A Blue Ocean Dream, Droid Bishop, IAMX, Lovelorn Dolls, Clan of Xymox, State Of The Union, Auto Body, Daily Planet, Capsize, Boytronic, Symbion Project, Akanoid, Velvet Acid Christ, Cosmicity, Strobotron, Elegant Machinery, Spiritual Reality, BlakOPz, The Frozen Autumn, Headscan, Tyske Ludder, and Vaylon
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!
ALBUM: Rain Theory
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.
SONG: Are We Likely
ALBUM: Welcome, Strange Visitor
ARTIST: Helalyn Flowers
SONG: Before The Sunshine
ALBUM: White Me In Black Me Out
She doesn’t sing on every track, but when she does it’s magical…
ARTIST: Hidden Place
SONG: Legendary Divers
Some songs by HMB have a male vocalist, but I really love the songs where she sings…
ALBUM: Great Industrial Love Affairs
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: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Desert Kisses
ARTIST: Point of View
SONG: Always I Think of You
The Cure are on tour! Check your local venues!
ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Last Day of Summer
I’ve been to a lot of concerts. Some bands just stand there and sing. Some bands put on damn near an Opera-like show. Some bands just have an amazing stage presence. VNV Nation is one of those bands. If you get a chance to see them live, do it. You won’t regret it.