Friday, 23 August 2013

Synthopia Episodes 46 and 47 to set you up for Saturday and beyond.

Below are two widgets to enable you to catch up with the most recent Synthopia podcasts from today and last Friday.  Synthopia 46 included a track from us, along with some new artists that we especially enjoyed such as Eigenfrequenz, John Costello and  also some recent favourites Synthie dB Shock, Analog Angel and Jonteknik to name a few. 

The podcasts are available to download, but we would urge you to support the artists that you like; most of these are like us: DIY indie artists who don't have the backing of some Cowellesque record label corporate machine (thankfully!) which is why you will hear a range of tracks that are about a million times more engaging and original than most of the pap that makes it into the charts. 

Here is the full playlist and links to the artists featured. 

Eigenfrequenz – Iridescence
Jonteknik – Music by Machines
Analog Angel – The Temple
Supercraft – Stranded – Kant Kino Remix
Asian Envy – Serenade
Color Theory – Game Over
Synthie dB Shock – Factory Reset
John Costello – Tell me Now
Calfskin – Fade Away
Zen Deluxe – Stay a While (Electro Mix)
Tingle In The Netherlands – She’s No Lady
Royal Visionaries – Back to Yazoo (Digital Explosion Remix)
Tokyo Witch Hunt – Here Is The Light (SFS Illuminate Mix)

Today’s podcast, Synthopia 47 is another mix of contemporary synth bands. Current favourites at Tingle Towers are Izzie Voodoo and the People -  a new one to us and also Diamond Bones to name just a couple of tracks. The thing to do though is to listen for yourself and make up your own mind.  Here’s the playlist and links to the artists – and remember SUPPORT THE ARTISTS! The podcast widget is at the bottom of the page. 

The Nathan Carlson Project – Illusion
Alien Skin – Summer Of Love (feat. Steve Kilby)
Spacebuoy – Oblivion
Ghost & Writer - Hurricane
Endless Shame – Twilight Zone
Shiny Darkness – Moments
Izzie Voodoo and the People – Void
Tokyo Witch Hunt – Burn Down (Electricity Mix)
Analogue Wave - Crawl
Heliophile – Trampled Garden of Delight
Sound Commandos – Shining Star
Diamond Bones – Home Is Where
Halo Effect –Sector Beta
Eurasianeyes – Far Off Land

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Air Fracture: current mixclouds plus interview and review of Air Fracture 4

Gratitude today goes to the SYNTH CARESSES BLOG for featuring an interview with Owen re. his Air Fracture project as well as a review of his most recent solo album 'Air Fracture 4'

"I find all your AF albums perfect as a soundtrack to any Gothic novel or poem. Edgar Allan Poe music." Synth Caresses Blogspot

We've appeared on the blog earlier this month and this is the second write up for Owen as his Early Works were also featured not so long ago. As we've said before, this blog is well worth exploring, and then book marking, if you are a fan of synth music, especially ambient* artists. Talking of which, ambient* fans might enjoy the mixcloud below: a lovely, calming ambient* mixcloud from Paul Randall of Bluetown Electronica which includes one of Owen's Air Fracture tracks from the 'Air Fracture 4' album mentioned above. 

feel free to suggest alternative descriptions in the comments...

Monday, 12 August 2013

Want to know what all the hep cats are listening to? PLUS FREE STUFF!

It's the latest podcast from Barbara Laurson which perhaps not surpisingly does include a smidgen of T!TN. Listen out too for one of our favourite bands Modern Witch. There's also a track from Calling All Astronauts which is available from their bandcamp as a free download. And of course, the T!TN remix that's included, can also be grabbed for free from our bandcamp page. Enjoy! And thanks Babsy!

Here's the intro to the show from Barb herself followed by the mixcloud widget below.

"This episode of The Sun And The Rainfall is a collection of Alternative Indie artists ranging from Alternative rock to synth and electro pop and new wave. Featured bands: Agent Ribbons, Calling All Astronauts, The Open Feel, Splintered In Her Head, Space Flakes, ElectroVampires, Modern Witch, Warm Ghost, This Gentle Horror, Dawnfine, Divine Knights, No Carrier, Tingle In The Netherlands.

Please support indie music. If you like what you hear, check them out! Show the love <3"

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

2 top write ups and a podcast, what more do you want?

                                             Before we begin, click play on the widget above and you will hear last Saturday's additional serving of Synthopia, which features a track from us, amongst others. Synthopia usually airs on a Friday at 11am UK time on .However, last week was unusual in that Skerat, the show's host, opted to broadcast two helpings of contemporary synth music as a treat for fans. 

You can listen to previous shows via, all of which are available to download for free, and many of which include tracks by us as well as the current crop of new synth bands. If this sort of thing floats your boat, and you'd like to hear more, you can join the Synthopia facebook group for details of upcoming shows, and many posts from the artists that Skerat plays, including us. 

Now that the soundtrack has kicked in, read on as we have a couple of things to tell you about.  

 First of all, we have news of a review of our album from the Never Loved a Shovel Blog. which gave very good quote: "The synth sound is at times epic, like the soundtrack to the next John Carpenter movie, a deeply black murder comedy obviously."

Of course, we've harvested the review for's another one: 

 "It's really hard to do justice to this album in mere words so the best advice I can give is go out and buy it, it's a fucking great album!"
However, you should support the bloggers who support the artists and go and read in full. You could even leave a comment; bloggers like that sort of thing...

And finally, on to the Synth Caresses blog, which has already featured Owen's early ambient music. This week, it was our turn, and we had a lot of fun with this write up. The blog's author, having noticed that we'd already been asked most of the 'usual' questions, decided on a different tack and included a 'Patient Information Leaflet' which you HAVE to read. It's very funny. Prior to the medical advice you will find that this blogger also gives good quote:

"Up to a certain extent, T!TN tries to retrieve the sounds of early synth-pop, avoiding sounding too sophisticated. In their music, you will find catchy melodies, a definite punk non-conformism, tongue-in-cheek humour, underground freshness, and vintage electronic effects, all to the glory of the people who lived the prime of electro-pop back in the early eighties and also to the glory of the new generations who are rediscovering it through the classics or through new acts such as Marsheaux, Ladytron and such likes."

But DO make sure you visit the blog, and read the advice re. dosage and medical conditions; we wouldn't want to clash with your meds. As we've mentioned here before, we can't be held responsible for any injuries incurred whilst listening to our music...AND watch out for sharps... 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Daz Earl's Music Files on Salford City Radio Wednesday 31 July 2013

HT: This is another outing for us on Salford City Radio thanks to Daz Earl.

This show is full of some good solid indie from local bands and a few from further afield, as well as including our wonky sound, so arguably, maybe not for any die hard synth purists who don't like guitars...but you can decide for yourselves.

A stand out track for me was Machete by Purge. Their video is quite funny too and reminiscent of a favourite episode of 'Father Ted' - we'll have to borrow that milk float and make a vid of our own for 'The Housewife's Lament'...but I digress...

Other tracks that I rather enjoyed were 'Forgetting Your Name' by ShadowFactories  and Bottle of Wine by The Beats and Cheats. As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit of an old indie fan so these tracks are right up my street. I also liked 'Everything' by The Unassisted, a band that we follow on twitter, but haven't really listened to properly - something that I should remedy. So much music; so little time. Make sure you stay tuned to the end of the show for a 6minutes-and-counting track: Beams of Light by Black Tooth. who seem like very good people who said hello on twitter which is always nice.

Anyone reading this who has already listened to the show and doesn't own the track that Daz played, you can get it for free from our Bandcamp page.

There's loads of new music here so have a listen and judge for yourself via the 'Listen Again' page. Also, if you're in the Manchester area, there's plenty of info. on local gigs. So, off you pop and support the artists! That is all.