SYNTHPOSIUM

SYNTHPOSIUM VOLUME 15 CHALLENGE 4

NEW DISCOVERIES OF 2013 (Whether released in 2013 or not)

  • Lar’s pick: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti 

Pop-psychodelian Ariel Pink maintains a playful approach to music making, through the lo-fi vibes of 2002’s House Arrest to the more polished production value of 2012’s Mature Themes. House Arrest track “Alisa” is an upbeat but heart-wrenching homage to his ex-wife. 

  • Les’ pick: Banks

Pigeonholed by bloggers as “Ellie Goulding singing songs written by The Weeknd,” Banks tries to transcend current trends by bringing a soulful vulnerability to her lyrics and vocals. Everything comes together in “This is What it Feels Like,” produced by Jamie Woon and Lil Silva. We’re still waiting for her debut album to see if she really is greater than the sum of her influences. 

Check out the full indepth discussion in the podcast below!

SYNTHPOSIUM VOL. 15 - CHALLENGE 3

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2013

  • Les’ pick:  M.I.A. - Matangi

M.I.A’s underrated fourth album Matangi combines harsh abrasive sounds with upbeat dance infusions, fearlessly addressing criticism and throwing it back with confidence

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  • Lar’s pick:  Dirty Beaches - Drifters/Love Is The Devil

This double album combines sinister swagger and cinematic instrumentals, with fluid versatility and resonant emotion

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Check out the podcast below for our discussion:

SYNTHPOSIUM VOL. 15 - CHALLENGE 2

SONG OF THE YEAR 2013

  • Lar’s pick: Childhood friends Drake and producer Noah “40” Shebib channel the Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson dynamic for a timeless downtempo R&B jam

    Drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home




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  • Les’ pick: The unusual pairing of Daft Punk and Animal Collective member Noah Lennox results in a feel-good summer jam that combines the best of both of their capabilities

    Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear - Doin’ It Right



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Check out the podcast below for our insight on these summer jams:

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SYNTHPOSIUM VOL. 15 - CHALLENGE 1

MUSIC TRENDS of 2013

  • Les’ pick: Blurred lines between feminism and oversexualization in music videos, Beyoncé - Flawless feat. Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche

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  • Lar’s pick: Revision in pop music, Snoopzilla & Dâm-Funk - Do My Thang

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Tune into the podcast below, where we discuss feminism and sexuality in music and music videos, as well as modern updates on old tried and true musical genres:


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