Rainbows in the Dark: Wingtips — “Cutting Room Floor”

Speaking of record labels I should be checking in on more often, we come back around to another Artoffact Records release.  Artoffact have been a mainstay of this column by virtue of the sheer volume of quality synthpop and experimental music they’ve been steadily pumping out, and I don’t think I’ve ever been less than impressed with anything I’ve picked up from them, least of all this week’s feature Cutting Room Floor, the sophomore release from Wingtips.  Not only have they been steadily fine-tuning their brand of retro-meets-modern synth music, they also happen to be hometown heroes, which you should know I always get down with.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Tic Tic — “Comfort in the Echo”

I, like most people I know, have something of a love/hate relationship with pop music.  When it’s done right, it’s captivating, melodic, uplifting and challenging without being overbearing.  When it’s done wrong it’s banal, repetitive, derivative and flat out boring.  Where the line gets drawn between “good” pop music and “bad” pop music is a matter of both personal taste and scholarly debate, but the good news is you’d be hard-pressed to find anything boring or banal about Tic Tic and their debut Comfort in the Echo. Continue reading