Lasers, Synthwave, & Nostalgia
I hear very little about electronic music in Austin, and probably less about any platform that is actively supporting them aside from, say, a few bars in Austin. However, Thursday night at Swan Dive was the perfect opportunity to revel in what Austin has to offer by way of electronic dance music thanks to the hard work of the folks at Sound Control Records.
DJ Lambda kicked off the night with some slow tempo synth-pop, buttering us up for Troller. Worth it! I still can't get over the hauntingly retro voice of Amber, the lead singer. With just a guitar, keyboard, bass, and synth, they were able to send me on an 80s pop-culture nostalgic trip. If that wasn't enough, they slayed the crowd with their haunting prog-rock rendition of The Fugees' Ready or Not, that transformed it into a whole other song. We salute you, Troller.
What got us losing our cool on the dance floor was Anorrak, a French synth-wave artist who drew the crowd into his world and made us all sweat. Each track he played built on the previous one, setting the foundation for the next beat and the next tension. He never lost his momentum and we could have danced to Anorrak all. night. long.
Sound Control's last live act was Night Drive, a synth-pop duo capturing the original vibe of new wave and electro-pop. I appreciate how the band interacted with the crowd. You felt like you were part of their story they wove on stage. What brought the whole show together, were the well-timed psychedelic lasers; pulsing, floating, and dancing all across the room. We were bathed in neon and surrounded by synth waves, and we loved it.