You know what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to great synthpop vs. a band that knows how to simply recreate the sounds of that genre? Drama. When was the last time you spinned "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama? Those synths aren't just creating melody. They're creating mood...one of urban desperation with maybe a hint of hope. And on his latest track, "New Fashion" (which we have the premiere of) Oregon synthpopper Patternist
taps right into the very core of gorgeous, sonic dramatic tension.
"New Fashion" has those M83/1980s style synth hooks. And the main melody is a gorgeous bit of contemporary dream pop ala Wild Nothing. But, more than anything else, I'm struck by how distinct "New Fashion"'s aesthetic is. This song has hooks but it has genuine atmosphere. It has a sound that is rooted in the past, but it knows who it is today. And with music like this, Patternist has officially become an artist to watch.