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Top 13 East-Central European Synthpop

Synthpop was never only big in the English speaking world. Almost every European country has developed an interesting synthpop influenced scene in the 80s and 90s, some even “their own personal” Depeche Mode similes.

It’s time for a list of synthpop pearls from East-Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on songs not sung in English. The choices were very hard as the selection is vast and gorgeous. Come with me on a time travel to re-visit a music which once meant the future. Read More →

Savetier’s Coldwave Journey

We did it again! After the great experiences we made last year while making a music-anthropological film about dark alternative music in northern Italy, where we met and hung out with ten bands in Bologna, Ravenna, Parma and Gradara, we decided to do a similar film in a different country. Since I am intrigued by Poland, her language and her music, it was not an all too hard decision to make.

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The Sounds of Ukraine

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Ever since I was the first time in Ukraine in 2005, I fell in love with the country, its people and its language. It was so different to everything I knew before. The normative basis is not unity, but diversity. Add a rich history with lots of glorious, but also painful moments, add the right amount of poetry and melancholy. Add some music. While most of this music belongs to the pop and folk sector, in the recent years alternatives are on the rise.

Let me introduce to you some alternative bands from Europe’s biggest – yet to many unknown – country.

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Savetier’s New Wave Journey

europeanghostJuly 2016 – finally I could make my dream come true: Travel to Northern Italy and meet all the great bands, about which I have been writing for years, in person. Through these I also got to know other musicians from that region.

On July 16th I picked up Cyrene in Ljubljana and together we started our road-trip towards Bologna. The next seven days were filled with meeting fascinating people and listening to their awesome stories. We enjoyed the company of Caron Dimonio, Two Moons, European Ghost, Temple of Venus, BeStrass, Dade City Days, Schonwald/Shad Shadows, Tetrolugosi, Modern Blossom and The Black Veils. The result is the following recording of over an hour. Nothing was scripted, you will see the musicians how they really are. Enjoy! Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 4

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There can never be enough Polish coldwave. Recenty, I came across some coldwave bands from Poland, which I am going to introduce to you in another chapter on Zimna Fala: The Shipyard, Schröttersburg, Manta Birostris and Liście.

If you missed my other articles on Polish coldwave, or you don’t know yet, what Zimna Fala is, here are the links to the previous chapters: 1, 2, 3. Read More →

The Sounds of Romania

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Why is it that people from Western and Central Europe tend to over-see Eastern Europe? Is it the languages? In this English-dominated world many are less exposed to Eastern European languages. People seeking the exotic go far away to Africa and Southern America, but have maybe never been to Poland, Romania, Slovakia etc. But these countries are everything else than grey and boring.

A few months ago I have been the first time to Romania, namely in the cities of Suceava (Bucovina) and Cluj Napoca (Transsylvania). It was a very nice experience to finally visit the place, about which I have read lots of books during my whole life.

Regarding Romanian new wave music I was a complete newbie. Something I intend to change hereby. I researched what the Romanian music scene has to offer and was quite surprised by the amount of great bands. Ten of these bands especially caught my attention and shall be presented in the following.  Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 3

The articles about Polish coldwave seem to be the most popular on my site. During the last few months I got lots of comments and e-mails from you with recommendations of Polish coldwave bands. Also some bands contacted me to spread their music. This is motivation enough to continue with the topic.

In the following I want to introduce the bands Hatestory, This Cold, Józef Ost and DHM to you. Read More →

The Sounds of Slovenia

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Since almost four years I have been living now in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For a small country with a population of 2 million people the music scene is quite vivid. When I moved here I was surprised by the amount of concerts and venues.

Maybe the most known musical export from Slovenia is the legendary group Laibach. With their provocative style they have gained international reputation and influenced many other bands, most notably Rammstein. Another known act from Slovenia is Borghesia, pathbreaking for EBM. I won’t write now about Laibach and Borghesia, maybe later, in some other article. Here I want to focus on bands, you might not know yet: Melodrom, Silence, Torul and New Wave Syria. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 2

jarocin-thumbAfter my first article about Polish coldwave/zimna fala (One Million Bulgarians, Psychoformalina, Made in Poland, Madame) I got a lot of positive feedback from you. At this point I would like to express my gratitude for that. I was also reminded that I forgot some of the important coldwave bands from Poland, which is true.

As a non-native speaker of Polish language (it is said to be one of the most difficult to learn, I can confirm that) it is not always easy to understand, what’s written about those great bands, and even harder to find the ‘insider’ music, but with the help of some of my readers from Poland I found out about three bands I want to write about in the following: Wieże Fabryk, Joanna Makabresku and Aya Rl. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala

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The term ‘coldwave’ recently re-appeared as a label for post-punk influenced music, which embraces a dark, gothic-like aesthetic. But what can be found behind this ambiguous term? The article on hand will outline the history of coldwave in general and then the development of a coldwave movement in Poland.

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