Peppermint Heaven finds Juno and Spark continue to expand their extraordinary Electro Pop music. Certainly, satisfaction of one’s curiosity is the greatest source of happiness. That said, I always wonder if there are modern artists that can imitate the colorful 80s melodies we all yearn for. Fortunately, ‘Curious Things’ is an album that fulfills my need for good music. Showcasing an evident influence from that groundbreaking era, it does not cease to sound contemporary. In general terms, guitar patterns, electronic beats, and synths enrich the overall listening experience. However, equally important are the distinctive vocals expressing lyrics that seem to be telling stories. Below you can read my in-depth review of the 11 tracks.
1 – Sun Goes Down The album’s opening track shimmers with lively drums. The unstoppable beats from the drumkit along with the repetitive chorus represent an energy boost.
2 – Time Goes By I like how the expressing vocals remain vigorous. Clearly, you can hear emotions that surround suffering about the time factor. A good interpretation.
3 – You Definitely, this lyric line has been impregnated in my mind: “It’s trueee… So trueee… It’s youuu… Just youuu…” Well, I don’t know why it is very catchy, but so far, their secret formula works at its best. Watch the exclusive premiere of the music video down here!
4 – Monday Morning Currently, this is the new single from the LA-based duo. I love Mondays because I like starting new things. While it is true the weekend is over and you have to face another week of long commutes, perhaps, this track could brighten your day. Sonically, it features a sexy style of guitar playing + beautiful synths. It’s one of my favorites from the ‘Curious Things’ album.
5 – I See Things so Clearly Now The retro vibe is still on-going with the fifth track. I would describe it as an upbeat offering that will get your feet stomping and heart pumping.
6 – More Like Me It immediately grabs your attention as soon as the first beat drops. The rockish attitude the lead singer portrays through his vocals match perfectly with the beeps that recall sound effects from the 80s.
7 – Hard World Similar to “Monday Morning”, these guys deliver once again a realistic message. A soft melody serves as the music background for this song that talks about the World isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. It’s a pretty cool ballad.
8 – Don’t Give Up So Easy First of all, I like how the dynamic vocals complement each other on this track. It’s a love song which makes us reflect upon the partner we rely on and if it is worth continuing a relationship. They perform the lyrics with pure emotion!
9 – Make A Fool I can’t believe Peppermint Heaven had such killer tunes on this new album. Well, here’s another good example of something quite catchy. There’s nothing boring about it.
10 – Know Your Rights What particularly impresses me is the implementation of something similar to an 8-bit/arcade game theme on the song. The rest elements sound a bit repetitive.
11 – Sing Out The Sorrow I enjoy the “la-la-la-la” part of this song and almost all the radio-friendly tracks featured on this album. After all, the sound quality is excellent and the lyrical content imaginative. You might want to stream this album not only to have a fun time with your friends but also to sing along.
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Electro-Pop Made In Canada, Listen To “Illusions” By Nouveaux
Discovering Nouveaux‘s music feels like finding a hidden treasure. The new band from British Columbia, Canada, plans to shape the future of Electro-Pop in the Land of the Maple Leaf.
Seriously, their debut single, “Illusions” is highly addictive to listen to. Not to mention, the accompanying visuals have a real retro-futuristic vibe, transcending time and space.
On the other hand, the charismatic vocalist Michelle Smolnicki turns her lyrics into a call to reflection on authentic love and fantasy. Loaded with desires of nostalgia and passion, “Illusions” could easily fit any mood or playlist.
Good jams are very underrated these days. Only those with good taste in music will notice this Electro-Pop project is an exceptional effort made in Canada which abounds in creativity.
Can’t wait to hear more!
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Exotic Electro-Pop Producer Sindresu Shares “Daydream” Single
Exotic Electro-Pop producer Sindresu has shared his recently released single “Daydream” via Sindresu Records. The Norwegian musician has previously had his music signed to the Swedish-American record label LoudKult and featured on the YouTube Tastemaker channel and Indie label ChillYourMind. In addition, he has had three of his singles, “Get Out of My Head,” “Sublime,” and “Weightless,” appear on the popular YouTube channel MrRevillz, while on air his music has received spins on Norway’s biggest radio station NRK P1 Radio. All in all, the accumulated support has helped him to reach just under 2 million streams across platforms.
Born in Sunndalsora, Norway, but based in Stockholm, Sweden, Sindre Saether Ulfsnes, also known as Sindresu, began his musical adventure at age of five, when he was taught to play the violin. Later, he picked up the guitar and sat down to learn the piano. Presently, in search of a signature sound, Sindre blends aspects of Tropical House, Future Bass, RnB, and Pop, while drawing influence from industry giants like Avicii, Big Wild, Flume, and Matoma to create music that one can compare to the work of Sam Feldt, Kygo, and Lost Frequencies.
Sindresu sets a feel-good mood with his new record ‘Daydream’. The Norwegian musician has created an upbeat tune that steals us away and transports us to a paradisal island, where we dip our toes in salty chords and lay beneath sun-baked vocals. Like the gentle crash of waves, the melodious record soothes, capturing a moment of picturesque tranquillity.
Describing the concept of the single, Sindresu says: “Daydream is about escaping reality during dark times and is inspired by a difficult period in my life. I experienced serious burnout, which left me with declined health for a time. This song tells the story of being stuck in an unfulfilling life and dreaming of better days. I had this entire song, vocal and instrumental, finished in my head before even starting to produce it, since I wasn’t able to work at the time. The vocals were written by me and performed by vocalist Clayton Jones.”
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With Fearless Originality Prince Woods Releases “butterfly”
The eclectic music from Prince Woods encapsulates Electronica and Pop textures showcasing his versatile taste as an artist. The lyric video for “butterfly” is part of a new adventure where his genuine creativity marks the difference.
Without a doubt, this track is peppered with personal emotions, glitch-like effects, and an infectious rhythm that gallops endlessly. Additionally, there’s also a punkish vibe/attitude which reflects his own signature sound.
Right off the bat, you’ll love how the high energy keeps up thanks to the pumping melodies and his soft vocals. Besides, it’s a joy and a real pleasure to hear such an original production from start to end.
Most importantly, if you’re into Hellogoodbye, Owl City, or Metro Station’s songs, then “butterfly” should get a space in your playlist. As a matter of fact, amassing thousands of streams per month on Spotify is already a milestone in his fast-growing career.
Prince Woods deserves way more appreciation since he continues to solidify his place as an innovator. Essentially, the freshness he offers through his compositions allows you to dive into a unique listening experience.
That being said, “butterfly” is not your typical radio-friendly tune, on the contrary, his singular approach is the reason why great feedback comes naturally.