This weeks compilation features the latest new releases in synthpop with songs that sound like they would be featured in a soundtrack to a sequel to the Drive motion picture. This features some staples in the genre such as Chromatics and Electric Youth plus some of my favorite new artists Wolfclub and Cannons.
Music inspired and influenced by the Drive Soundtrack
With all of the recent commotion about the Chromatics tour, fellow Drive-era artist Electric Youth decided to join the party with their first new single off of the forthcoming album, Memory Emotion, due out on August 9.
One of our favorite synthpop bands these days may be one that’s not getting enough attention. Mint Julep is a project featuring husband and wife duo Keith and Hollie Kenniff. They continue to put out amazing synthpop albums and singles that will appeal to fans of bands like Chromatics.
The husband/wife Kennniff duo, otherwise known as Mint Julep, have release a cover of Talk Talk’s It’s My Life to pay homage to the late Mark Hollis, who passed away earlier this week due to illness. The cover is a beautifully arranged synth down tempo version that stays true to the sound of the original song, while offering enough differences to endear it to listeners.
With the release of new Chromatics and the announcement of their tour with Desire, it felt like a good time to revisit the theme of Music Inspired by the Drive Soundtrack. This is a collection of smooth synth tracks with a consistent pulsating beat. These tunes are great to listen to while driving in the sunset and wearing your favorite pastel colors.
One of the worlds biggest mysteries seems to be, when will Chromatics finally release another album. While we don’t have answers, we can share this lovely new single from the Italians Do It Better label darlings. This song features the Chromatics sound that we have all come to love and hopefully it’s a good sign…
Brand new synthpop from the London band that sounds like what you would get if you merged the sounds from a John Hughes soundtrack and the Drive soundtrack.
This is Volume 3 of one of my favorite genre’s of music – music inspired by the sounds of the Drive Soundtrack. This mix features new releases that I feel would have fit perfectly on the soundtrack.
This one will have you singing along in no time, but you might want to do this in private. I would imagine that walking around belting out, “My heart is in flames, a-ooooooo” might garner some strange looks. Trust me though, it’s going to happen.
I flat out LOVE this new track from Class Actress! Elizabeth Harper has done a rather impressive job of re-inventing herself; from her earlier folkier acoustic based solo days when she was billed as a ‘Female Morrissey’, to her rebirth as a synthpop star with Class Actress tracks like Journal Of Ardency, Weekend and Keep…
This is Volume 2 of a mix featuring bands whose sound is inspired by the Drive Soundtrack. This is a popular theme on the Halcyon Waves show. This mix features songs from this genre over the last year or so, blended together for your enjoyment.
This is Volume 2 of a mix featuring bands whose sound is inspired by the Drive Soundtrack. This is a popular theme amongst our followers and this mix features songs from this genre over the last year or so, blended together for your enjoyment.