Alex Sindrome “Fantome”

New album by French artist ALEX SINDROME (aka SINDROME) and this one is released on CD and on cassette tape (with great artwork!) “Solidaire Dans L’Isolement” brings the best of 80s French new wave to mind and sounds very appropriate in those lock down times! “Class 1987” (probably my favourite track) will probably make you remember your carefree teenage years if you can understand French and “Nos Ames En Noir” is a dark and catchy dancefloor tune. The minimal influences that could be heard in SINDROME‘s previous releases can be found in “Mélancolie”, “Vampire”, the nihilistic “Sans Issue” or in “Norma Jean” (although you’ll hear a quite powerful and haunting chorus in this one) while you’ll hear some slight disco touches in “Halloween à Neverland.” I was glad hear a bit of SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK in “Antonin Artaud” since I know that our man is a big fan too but you’ll also hear some Peter Hook influenced melodies in the last part of the song. You’ll also get some German industrial influences in “Dès Ce Soir” and some darkwave in “Misanthrope” before ending on an electro dance note with “Aux Fantômes.” “Fantome” is a good album to discover ALEX SINDROME‘s music if you haven’t yet and quarantine should be a good time to find out about new bands and artists, so… /Laurent C.
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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.