Led Er Est’s new single

Led Er Est

New York’s leading Minimal Synth outfit Led Er Est’s new album, ‘The Diver’, will be out next month. Here’s the lead single ‘Kaiyo Maru’.

Minimal Synth it may be, but there’s nothing minimal sounding about ‘Kaiyo Maru’. It’s a rich, regimented slab of electronic melancholy. The vintage drum machine sounds in particular, a relentless march that underpins what is, for Led Er Est, quite a poppy track with a big ‘80’s Post-Punk chorus and a thick robotic bass.

Led Er Est – Kaiyo Maru

‘The Diver’ is released 8th March.

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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.

Led Er Est – Laredo (zShare) (MediaFire)

Led Er Est – Poll Gorm (zShare) (MediaFire)

Led Er Est – Port Isabel (zShare) (MediaFire)

Their album is out now on Wierd Records.

Led Er Est @ Juno

Led Er Est @ 7Digital

Led Er Est @ Amazon