We’ve been fans for Swedish ElectroPop queen Vanbot for a few years now; to the extent that we afforded her pride of place as track one on our electronic rumors Volume 1 compilation back in 2012 with the amazing Make Me, Break Me; and her self-titled album from the previous year has stayed on heavy rotation at electronic rumors HQ to this date. We like Vanbot a lot. The reason we’re telling you all this is that we want you to fully understand the weight behind our next statement. Vanbot’s forthcoming sophomore album, Perfect Storm, blows everything else she’s done to-date out of the water. As with both of our favourite albums of the past couple of years Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe in 2013 and Ronika’s Selectadisc in 2014, Perfect Storm immediately garnered an emotional response and demanded our attention. That instant enamourment is always a good sign. Taking in influences from disparate and experimental ends of the electronic music spectrum, Vanbot medals them into a cohesive, and accessible, whole. A perfect storm indeed.
Perfect Storm is actually Vanbot’s second attempt at a follow up to her début long-player. Originally slated for a 2013 release, she was unsatisfied with the results, trashed it and started again (perhaps giving herself more room to breathe on the second go), and we are glad that she did. The album is bookended by a couple of moody titular synth scores; the first of these leading into Trooper, the premiere single we heard from Perfect Storm back in February. It neatly blends SynthPop, Indie-Electro and R&B into the record’s first, but not last, genre mashup. It’s a massive emotional sing-a-long opening that sets the pace for Perfect Storm’s ride.The Way You Say It and Bite The Bullet keep the energy levels high; both single material in their own right they serve up a hyper-kinetic, passionate and intricately crafted mood that is reined in by the beautiful Watching You Sleep; an introspective Indie-Electro (almost Folktronica) tune that feels somewhat like a breather before the following tracks flit between the Ladytron-esque SynthPop of Shake and the snare rolling Maniac, a fierce tune that at times seems to combine Dancehall with Electro-Rock. After the brooding, soundtrack feel of June,Perfect Storm launches into it’s final lap with the record’s second single, the epic Seven, the North American ElectroPop stylings of Better In The Light and the interlocking Industrial rhythms of Secrets. For it’s finale Perfect Storm offers Stay Alive, rounding off the album on a high point; a heartfelt anthemic track that seems to encompass everything you’ve just heard into one powerful opus. The second part of the titular bookends eases you out of the collection with an expanded version of the intro, adding swirling percussion and distant vocals to fade. Throughout Perfect Storm Vanbot’s vocals capture you attention and don’t let go as she pours passion and emotion into every syllable and succeeds in the (sometimes tricky) task of making her songs both meaningful and catchy. Frankly; in 2015 Vanbot has taken ElectroPop to school. This is how it should be done. Perfect Storm is very nearly a perfect album. Um…recommended.
The amazing Vanbot is back with another new track, which can only mean that the second album, Perfect Storm, is drawing closer. She’s one of our favourite Scandinavian synth stars and we’ve been holding on for the follow up to her self-titled 2011 début for ages. The new single is called Seven, which follows Trooper from earlier this year, both of which have us gagging to wrap our ears around the new full-length release. Check it out.
Blissful and booming, Seven is a near-perfect slice of ScaniPop. Washing over an resounding sub-heavy beat comes an symphony of piercing synths and droning tones to orchestrate for Vanbot’s heartfelt vocals. All elements of the best ice Scandinavian SynthPop, but Vanbot’s powerful, but times vulnerable, vocals warm things up a bit. Catchy, yet slightly left-field, this is how ElectroPop should be done.
The utterly amazing Vanbot is back. Our favourite Scandinavian has a new album forthcoming. Her long awaited sophomore record is due out later this year, but ahead of that check out the awesome Trooper, the new single, a massive, emotional, ElectroPop tune.
Directed by Rikkard Häggbom, the song’s video is a monochrome and moody classy treatment that feels comfortably nostalgic.
Good news everyone! Sweden’s finest Vanbot is back with a brand new single. We’ve been dying to post When My Heart Breaks since it broke ground last week, but until now it’s been a Spotify exclusive. Leaving the argument about making it exclusive on such a platform being damaging to a release campaign aside, we’ve very pleased it’s now available to buy, and to play to you lot. It was worth the wait.
Following on from January’s Hold This Moment, When My Heart Breaks is a huge, infectious slick of Scandinavian ElectroPop brilliance. Powerful and majestic as Ester cries out against a back drop of massive synths and pounding drums. It’s been a while singe Vanbot’s début (and amazing) self-titled album, and you can hear in When My Heart Breaks that she’s been honing her craft making us more excited for her next long player than ever. Pretty flawless ElectroPop. Sweden nails it again.
Here is the brand new video from our girl Vanbot for her forthcoming single Hold This Moment. We’ve been waiting for new Vanbot material for a while now and Hold This Moment doesn’t disappoint. It’s big, chilly, ScandiPop with tons of heart. Beautiful, melodic, SynthPop.
The video is the slickest clip Vanbot had done to date. It’s very Scandinavian, full of stark monochromes and tundra, but has an amazing personality too. This has made out day.
Vanbot’s Hold This Moment is released in February.
Woo-Hoo! Here’s the new single from Swedish ElectroPop queen Vanbot!
Proving once and for all that the awesomeness that was her self-titled début album of last year wasn’t a one off. ‘Got To Get Out’ is a sublime and atmospheric slice of DancePop. Unmistakably Scandinavian and majestic ‘Got To Get Out’ is euphoric ElectroPop with a sense of urgency. In her own words “’Got To Get Out’ is about my hometown Stockholm and how it’s filled with people experiencing a sense of isolation and separation, how it makes you feel lonely in a crowd,” she explains. “It’s fascinating that people can live so close together without really noticing one another. It’s about exploring the city nightlife and the tendencies people have to chase after the experiences that will cause the best story to tell the next day instead of enjoying the happiness of the moment.”.
Well, it’s finally out in the wild, the last seven months of my life have come to fruition as we are amazingly proud to present ‘electronic rumors volume 1’.
I won’t go on about it, it’s possible that i would have a hard time reviewing it objectively, so take a listen to Ride The Universe’s awesome minimix of the compilation featuring all 15 tracks.
It’s almost weird that it’s real now and if you like physical media I would really recommend the CD, it comes in a stunning DigiPak designed by Sebastian Bentler.
♫ Electronic Rumors Volume 1 MiniMix (Mixed By Ride The Universe)
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electronic rumors Volume One
Available 13th February 2012 on CD and Digital Download featuring the best in new ElectroPop, Dreamwave, Nu-Disco and Indie-Electro.
For the past four years music blog electronic rumors (electronicrumors.com) has been serving up the latest and greatest news and tracks in the world of Electro/Disco/Indie/Dreamwave/Synth/Stuff/Thing/Pop and now they have teamed up with respected Us ElectroPop label Ninthwave Records (Heaven17/White Town/The Modern) to release electronic rumors Volume 1, featuring of some of the best artists making Dreamwave, Nu-Disco, ElectroPop and Indie-Electro in the last twelve months including exclusive tracks from Ride The Universe (Dreamwave supergroup acclaimed, for their reMixes, with their début original), the much hyped Show Your Shoe, Futurecop!, beaumont, Substatic and Echoes and the first time on CD for Queen Of Hearts and Ronika, both tipped by the mainstream press for chart dominance in 2012. They feature alongside some of the most exciting electronic music that broke out in 2011.