There is no point in ever trying to deny synth-pop anymore. Everyone’s favorite folk singers probably aren’t going to trade in their guitars for ableton, but synth music is as ingrained into our culture as guitar music was in the 60s. And it’s a good thing that synth-pop shows no signs of slowing down with bands as good as Beat Connection making summer ready tracks like ‘The Palace Garden, 4AM’. Borrowing equal amounts from the blissful rush of Cut Copy and the dance-punk precision of LCD Soundsystem, ‘The Palace Garden, 4AM’ is probably the most fitting, buzzing summer jam to kick off the season right.
I had to listen to this song about 6 times before I could wrap my head around all the stuff going on to make some deep social commentary on it about how it is representative about the state of music and hipster culture. While most hip-hop remixes replace the regular beat with something more to that artist’s style, heRobust decided to go about adding layers of glitch, bass and other noises on top of the already heavy beat. The result is incredibly disorienting to say the least and although I may be alone in my room I can’t help feel like I’m at a festival when I turn this one up loud.
Nostalgia never gets old, especially if you’re a hipster and the nostalgia sounds this good. The nostalgic heart of Raja’s ‘That Girl’ emerges out of a cloud of haze and reverb carried on walking pace bass and drum lines. The bass, guitar and vocals on ‘That Girl’ are provided by Starchild who does a great job crafting an authentically old-fashioned vibe that the song pulls off so well. This song is not a total embrace of old sounds however, as Raja’s atmospherics make ‘That Girl’ sound like it was recorded on a tape and left out in the sun for about 50 years only to be discovered and cherished by bloggers.