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Saint Marilyn

Saint Marilyn plays moody synthpop on new EP, "Tangle"

The New York synthpop duo Saint Marilyn has dropped a new EP called "Tangle." The duo of Saint Marilyn is comprised of Che Houston and Kevin Marksson, who began work on the album last spring as a deliberate departure from their existing drums-and-guitar arrangement. "Tangle" is synth-heavy and moody, with upfront basslines and battering-ram percussion anchoring celestial-sounding synth explorations. The compositions themselves are unconventional, hearkening to both disco and new wave, with extended instrumental sections throughout and Houston's forceful-yet-ethereal vocals carrying the songs' momentum. Overall, the sound of "Tangle" is a bold one, and it's a success. Listen to "Matchless" below! - Ethan Ames


The Undercover Dream Lovers bring their angular synth pop to Our Wicked Lady on 2/4

The Undercover Dream Lovers's cover might just have been blown. The NYC synth-pop band recently sold out Rough Trade, and has been getting attention from a glut of music blogs. I guess it's hard to stay covert when you're busting out catchy dancehall tunes--especially when tracks sound far larger than the bedroom they were recorded in. The solo project of Brooklyn-based Matthew Koenig, The Undercover Dream Lovers delivers synth-heavy hooks, angular instrumentals and soft, understated vocals that together have the kind of magic that will instantly draw you in. Catch him at Our Wicked Lady 2/4 with Saint Marilyn and Violent Sands, but in the meantime, stream his latest single below. - Olivia Sisinni

Saint Marilyn releases single “Frustrate Me” + plays Mercury Lounge on 11.15

Last month, Brooklyn’s Saint Marilyn released an enthralling synthy single called “Frustrate Me”. Its freely pitch bending synths seems to mimic the unavoidable flux and flow of emotions in a relationship: one second you can’t stand the sight of him, the next you can’t stand to see him go. The soft, seductive vocals of Che Houston layer over this dreamy synth bed to create a slow-moving atmosphere of love and hate. Experience the emotional ride live at The Mercury Lounge on November 15. -Ashley Muniz


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