The later part of last year saw a resurgence of what ‘they’ are now calling Minimal Synth or (even) Coldwave, but which I would really just call SynthPop. I guess it’s SynthPop inspired by the late 70’s/early 80’s pioneers of the genre rather than the mid 80’s chart toppers, if you wanted to be really picky I’d call it Futurist music, but whatever, scenes do love their genre names so Minimal Synth it is!
Led Er Est hailing from Brooklyn are one of the leaders of the pack, signed to scene leaders Wierd Records and recently released their ‘Dust On Common’ album which could have quite happily been released on Mute in 1979 alongside Fad Gadget and The Normal. Cheap drum machines and synths hammer away relentlessly forming a post-industrial soundscape for sombre yet emotive vocals.
Their album is out now on Wierd Records.