Music Genre

miles ontario – in hue (Spotify)

“We travel with IVIVIVIV Recordings and miles ontario to the past, where the lights of neon cities are reflected by mirrors in colorful display cases. The Synthpop and Synthwave genres are a unique opportunity for everyone to visit this carefree and rainbow world of the 80s!”

“Отправляемся вместе с IVIVIVIV Recordings и miles ontario в прошлое, где огни неоновых городов отражаются зеркалами в разноцветных витринах. Жанры Synthpop и Synthwave - это уникальная возможность для каждого побывать в этом беззаботном и радужном мире 80-ых!”

-Nagamag.com

This song is written from the eyes of a Vietnam war soldier paranoid and addicted to various amphetamines and opiates.

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About: miles ontario

Emiliano Montano is an American producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Their pronouns are they/them and he/him. They perform under various pseudonyms, most notably "Infinite Vacation (stylized 'infinite vacation')" and "Miles Ontario (stylized 'miles ontario')."

As Miles Ontario, they particularly focus on 80s-inspired pop music and experimental electronic music, releasing 3 EPs and currently working on an album (release date TBD.)

Emiliano was born in Fresno, California, and identifies as non-binary/genderqueer. They are currently in high school and certain accounts are managed primarily by their parents. They produce, write, and record all of their music on their own, and their work has been described as ghostly and lush in quality.

Emiliano is currently selling merchandise, partially to help save money for college. Their father also has a notable music career in the local scene and has made guest appearances on certain tracks in the past.

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Ryan Flynn – Outside (Spotify)

“Step by step, beyond the thresholds of our borders, where from year to year we return again and again, collecting particles of our memories at the end of the earth. Outside is the harmonic beautiful synthpop new single of Ryan Flynn. ”

“Шаг за шагом, за пороги твоих и моих границ, куда из года в год мы возвращаемся вновь и вновь, собирая на краю земли частицы наших воспоминаний.”

-Nagamag.com

Outside is the third single from Ryan Flynn released with DI Records.

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Originally begun as an experimental side project while in film school, ryan flynn has since evolved into a perpetual orb-praising space pop venture.

It was in Rochester, NY that ryan flynn established his signature funky synth pop sound, solidified by the release of an eponymous EP in 2019 with widespread praise from the local community.

In 2020, ryan flynn took to the road with his Moog synthesizer, writing and performing improvisational pieces inspired by the scenery across the country.

Currently, ryan flynn is focusing on writing and releasing new tunes to accompany the most recent releases "Seems Like Yesterday" and "Pressure," alongside tasteful visuals.

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Sweet Talker – wish that she was u (Spotify)

“A very cheerful and atmospheric song specially made for all synthpop fans. Just listen to light up your brain and feel the flowing Sweet talker positive energy. ”

-Nagamag.com

"wish that she was u" is co-written and performed by Kevin Fisher aka Sweet Talker. Sweet Talker is a singer/songwriter that is not only focused on releasing his own music, but has written songs for the likes of OneRepublic, 5SOS, Anitta, Blackbear, and Demi Lovato to name a few. One of his recent notable co-writes is a song called "Monsters" by All Time Low Featuring blackbear which has been #1 at alternative radio for 12 straight weeks. "wish that she was u' was produced by Andrew Goldstein (blackbear, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, 5SOS) and co written with JT Roach (Songland) and Jack Barakat (member of All Time Low)

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Stardust – Essy (Video)

“You dissolved sparkling glitter of tears on my tired eyes, like shooting stars in the dark, we are consumed with the first rays of the rising sun. An abundant sweet vocal performance by Essy!”

“Ты растворялся сияющими блёстками слёз на моих уставших глазах, словно падающие звёзды в темноте мы исчезаем с первыми лучами восходящего солнца.”

-Nagamag.com

ESSY returns with her fourth single of 2020 in “Stardust”. The lyrical genius we have come to know and love from ESSY is once again present, this time discussing finding peace in the uncertainty that can come between two lovers or a story the never completes.

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While her EDM background is still apparent in her four-on-the-floor drum arrangements and side-chained synth grooves, Essy’s beats are offset by clean, simplistic vocals and introspective storytelling that give her sound an effortless, organic quality. She thrives in a self-proclaimed “happy-sad” mode, with hard-hitting lyrics to make you cry and synthpop beats to make you dance while you’re doing it.

QUOTE

“The song is a story of two lovers that ended too soon – a story without an ending. For me, it’s about finding peace in the uncertainty. And it applies beyond just a romantic relationship. We have very little control over most things in life, but in that uncertainty, we find hope and faith and parts of ourselves we never knew possible.”

ESSY

BIOGRAPHY

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Influenced by her father’s love of music, Essy (born Rachel Braig) taught herself to play the piano and began writing her own songs at eleven years old. Her original compositions and passion for performing secured her acceptance into early songwriting programs at both Berklee College of Music and New York University’s Steinhardt School. During her residencies, she cut her teeth writing with industry veterans Barry Eastmond (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston) and Maia Sharpe (Carole King, The Dixie Chicks), as well as pop songwriter Michael Pollack (Lauv, Celine Dion), and artist Sasha Sloan.

Fate interceded when a piano ballad she composed out of her dormitory apartment caught the attention of Atlantic electronic duo Ship Wrek. Essy’s first cut with NCS Records’ Star Party soon followed, and early graduation prompted a move to Nashville to begin songwriting full-time alongside some of pop’s most promising penners, including Johnluke Lewis (LANY), Jintae Ko (OneRepublic), Paris Carney (Adam Lambert), Mike Pappas (Meghan Trainor), and Hunter Hayes.

The Nomad Project – Miami Escape (Spotify)

“The Nomad Project delivers his new ep on Emerald & Doreen imprint, called Midnight Run. Here in nagamag, we picked Miami Escape, a synthwave track with wonderful harmonies and gentle groove which is offered for night thoughts for your long night drives. Which offers the escape you want from your daily routine. Beautiful layering of melodies which playing in your head, even when has stop to listen. ”

-Nagamag.com

The Nomad project was created in late 2018/early 2019 by the Bassist of Rock band Tanoi. It's an exploration of 80s retro sounds and classic bass vibes.

naun – jump (Spotify)

“naun sure will make you jump with their lush synthpop vibes and their top notch sound quality. Crunchy synths, warm vocals, stomping beats and a groove that keeps you on and on. Not shamed to share we had a bit aerobic workout with this in the office and was the perfect theme! ”

-Nagamag.com

An insisting arpeggiator wakes a sphere of delayed female vocals, tight beats and electrifying synths, all steadily building to the climax: “jump!”, she orders. the song’s applauding great courage – to jump straight into life, out of safety, prejudice and expectations and making room for dreams to come true. live a little – or a lot, life is now.

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naun is electronic sounds and organic female vocals in a tight, dynamic atmosphere. a fusion of soft and hard, reality and dream, pain and passion, minimalism and abundance is played out among moody synthesizers and dancing beats. these contrasts are led by a voice whispering with elegacy and singing with honesty, melodies ranging from the lowest of low to the highest of high on a female scale. from a selfish mixture of hardcore irony and deep truth, lyrical portrays of interpersonal relationships and correlations between individuals and society arise. danish singer/songwriter amy horn and german producer/artist tom sue are the makers of this happy madness. stylistically influenced by the 80s, from techno to synthpop, naun creates a new, modern sound.

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Evripidis and His Tragedies (featuring Rachel Kenedy)-Your Dreams (Official Video) (Video)

“With a minimal asset of positive melodic lines and soft beats, mixed gently along with beautiful vocal stories which engage your daydreaming needs. Your need to make your life more happy and beautiful. An entrancing song which make you smile. ”

-Nagamag.com

Your Dreams is an ode to one’s particular longings coming from a place of starry-eyed purity. In Evripidis’ words: “This is a song about yearning, sleepless nights and most of all, hope, about trying to overcome your fears and hesitations, struggling to leave a suffocating situation be it a family, a relationship, a job, a city, and move on, although you might not even know what exactly you are aiming for.”

Conceived as a piano ballad, it was later transformed by Evripidis, his boyfriend Marc Ribera and producer Sergio Perez, into an indie dance pop anthem, full of analogue synth sounds, complete with an ecstatic instrumental coda. It features Rachel Kenedy (from indie pop darlings Flowers and experimental pop group Fuse Box City) as a guest vocalist

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Evripidis and His Tragedies is the handsome and goofy alter-ego of Evripidis Sabatis (born and raised in Athens, based in Barcelona). Through his devastating, confesional and darkly humorous pop songs he tries to dissect and ultimately own the vicissitudes of life, invoking a pop sensibility featuring quirky lyrics as he takes us for a bumpy, dancy ride across the fine line between tragedy and joie de vivre. He draws influences from the vast spectre of pop music of the last 60 years, adding his classical piano training.

He has released four full-length LPs to the day, three of them sung mostly in English and the last one sung entirely in Greek while he is about to release a fifth one, featuring a shift towards a synthetic sound

Christian Cohle – Drown Me Slow (Spotify)

“Christian Cohle with his new single -Drown Me Slow- under N-6 Records impress us with his exuberant vocals with a partly tender roughness in some tension chorus, pushed above a minimal music layering which is the right one for the wide depth of this vocal atmosphere. Mesmerizing!”

-Nagamag.com

Drown Me Slow, is Cohle's final single release of 2020 after releasing a brace of debut singles, that have made waves on the music blogs. Early next year will come Cohle's debut album Holy Trouble, where Cohle will continue to cement himself as one of the most exciting electronic artists to land into music this year.

Full of ear candy and electro heartbeat like arpeggios, Drown Me Slow is cinematic and rich in its soundscapes, all layering and moving under Cohle's immensely powerful vocal, beautifully melodic and intricate, the song eventually drowns and trails out into the abyss into a gorgeous Brian Eno like soundscape.

One central idea to Drown Me Slow, is the unwillingness to let go of something, even after it has long left you. You become fixed on it and stare at it often as one can do with a distant star. The longing for it becomes more special than the reality of it itself, because perhaps it’s not even there anymore.

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Weland – Killed by My Love (Video)

“Take your polished 1969 Dodge for a ride out on the night, throw this in, and drive through the city lights. The synth pop vibes here will make you breath for life, while you enjoy the nowadays life, never forget the retro life of the good things, where people knew how to spent valuable their time out of screens. ”

-Nagamag.com

The song is about a guy who is loosing the love he though he had.

It was written, recorded, and mixed by me in my basement home studio using real hardware vintage synths like Roland Juno 106 and Yamaha DX7. I use a few VST instrument for stuff like drums and bass and additional keyboard roles.

The lead vocal is sung by Chris Cron who lives in Nashville. We never actually met in person, but worked together via the internet. I sent him a demo with me singing poorly, and he then did it brilliantly in return.

Few words about Weland

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Synthpop songwriter and producer Weland started releasing music in 2019 after trying to write a catchy pop song for 30 years.

“Every time I tried to write or sing something, my critical inner panel of judges rolled their eyes and shook their heads in despair. I always loved pop music, but the inner judges had agreed that I should know better. They had also emphasized that as an adult student at the Music Conservatory, I should focus on far more challenging music genres and skills.

I believed that my attraction to pop would pass and one day I would ‘grow up’ musically. But it just never happened – I still like a good pop song.

Over the years, I have spent thousands of hours recording, mixing, and fine-tuning completely finalized pop productions, except without any melody or lyrics. Those elements were a mystery to me, like a special superpower that only a few people had, and I was not one of them.

But then one day something changed. Maybe it was the realization that we don’t live forever, and if you, like me, are struggling with inner judges, that stops you from doing things you really want, you need to tell them to put a sock in it and ignore it.”

Weland was originally a rock drummer playing professionally in bands signed on EMI and Sony Music, but has always been fascinated by synthesizers and studio equipment.

“The whole process of making it sound like a record was magical for me. I wanted to crawl into that stereo universe of a well-produced pop song and stay there for much longer than the three minutes it lasted. I could listen to the same song again and again and again…

I was a teenager in the 80s and I guess the soundtrack of my life originates from that era, so I keep drawing inspiration from that period. Luckily the 80s vibe is kind of in fashion right now, so I’m just enjoying the ride. In a few years it will be over, and nobody will want to hear a synth or reverb on anything again.”

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Rik Rivera – Welcome Back (Spotify)

“Rik Rivera with his new single Welcome Back under his synthpop flavors push us into wonderful grooves and beautiful synthwave vocal chorus. Warm sound for your ears and heart!”

-Nagamag.com

A collaboration between Rik Rivera (Sweden) and Eugene Golobokin (Lithuania), Welcome Back attempts to describe the longing for some resemblance of peace in a turbulent time, be it lockdown, a broken relationship or just the general mess we call our life. Tinged with 80's synth flavours, it merges contemporary pop sentiments with those of a bygone era.

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