Sindrome “Pop Polaroid”

French synth wave artist Alex Sindrome is an enigma. Dressed in black with full face make-up (almost kabuki here), he released a few albums on his own, but never appears on stage. A ghostly figure walking in a dead city at night, hiding from human non-sense, and reporting it through his lyrics and songs.
Synth bass, clap snares and disilusionned lyrics in French are his trademark, you can find this again on “Pop Polaroid” as soon as “Accident” starts, just before “Messe Noire” takes us into a gloomy film noir haze, and”Coeur Usiné Machine”, “On Restera des Imbéciles”, and “Marée Lasse” bring us straight back to the French 80s, reminding me of all the best obscure cold wave bands from those days. Nevertheless, Sindrome‘s world is not limited to synth and digital love, his musical and visual references also include Michel Polnareff and 80s glam metal.
Songs like “Tout est Annulé” or “Inflammable” have a bit of early DEPECHE MODE in them, and dark dancefloor hit “Réservation de Nuit” will keep you awake all night while guitar (By FROZEN DEAD KITTENS‘ Greg Bergen) driven song “Autolyse” should be Billy Idol‘s fans own personal favourite.
Sindrome‘s Frenchness can be heard in his dark, urban, postmodern poetry, and also in a song like “Le Premier Vol Pour Mars”, which sounds a bit like a synthetic version of new wave band INDOCHINE.
If you have to listen to one track before listening to the full album, then start with “Zombies”, one of the greatest songs on here with “Des Nuits Blanches en Apnée”, it will sure stick to your brains!
You’ll find 17 songs on this album, enough to make you go deep down into Alex Sindrome‘s universe. Dark, of course, but also pop, danceable, and highly addictive. /Laurent C.

Mannequin “S/T” EP

This band from Buenos Aires, Argentina doesn’t exist anymore, and these four songs (originally recorded in 2007) are being re-edited by bassplayer Roberto’s DIY record label Turbocristo Records.
Don’t expect any big production/arrangements, this is raw and dirty, but this has never been a problem in this music style, right? Remember all the late 80s/early 90s Sunset Strip glam bands that never got the chance to release their music on a proper record!
MANNEQUIN‘s poppy glam punk is quite minimal with straight to the point lyrics in Argentinian (not that I can understand the lyrics, but I’m sure that songs like “Groupies”, or “Perversion” are not about philosophy and economy!) Of course, you’ll find those typical glam punk guitars you’ve already heard in POISON, The SEX PISTOLS or CHUCK BERRY, those almost out of tune bubblegum backing vocals you’ve heard on many demo tapes, but well it works as a whole. Too much too soon? Nothin’ but a good time? Definitely!/Laurent C.