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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: ELYXR’s “Strange Stubborn Proud” (With Kurt Harland Larson of Information Society)

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Announcement: All Synthpop fans who ride on synthetic waves please gather, because this one is for you!

ELYXR is a collaborative project with a penchant for concocting modern synthpop potions, headed by Seattle-based indie-electronic artist Kasson Crooker (Symbion Project, Freezepop), who not only produces his releases but also mixes and masters them at Speed of Dark Music studios in Seattle.

ELYXR releases a string of singles, each a collaboration with a different singer/songwriter and has already reached single # 7 in as many months. Their newest one is “Strange Stubborn Proud” feat. Kurt Harland Larson of Information Society on vocals and it just came out via Speed of Dark Music. I don’t think that Crooker needs much of an introduction here, as he is well known and respected in the electronic scene. Larson doesn’t need one either, but as a reminder, he is the voice of Information Society, the successful synthpop band who achieved mainstream success in the late eighties and early nineties, and had a huge 1988 hit single with What’s On Your Mind? (Pure Energy).

“Strange Stubborn Proud” is uptempo and sharp, built with great care and sonic textures and it targets you, my friend, who seeks joy and fulfillment in Alesis, Korgs, Rolands, electro, pop, and sunsets! It is for you who has all DM remixes, all New Order b-sides, and are keen on the new sounds of Röyksopp, and Goldfrapp.

“Strange Stubborn Proud” is synthpop with a disco soul; it’s upbeat and energetic, featuring modern synthesizer sounds intermingled with detuned vintage synths over complex and syncopated drum machines.

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