Playing tracks by
Deux, Felix Da Housecat, Crash Course In Science, Crystal Castles, LCDsoundsystem and more.
I was listening both the new and the old Crystal Castles album and I was saying to myself 'hey you know what how can people call this new?’ It doesn’t sound much different from the stuff I am now obsessed with.
This obsession is Minimal Wave, the label and the genre. It's a kind of sound from late 70's to mid 80's that uses minimal layers, stripped down synth melodies, gothic sounding with moody lyrics.
The label Minimal Wave was founded a few years back by Veronica Vasicka who made a mission reissuing (on vinyl) forgotten tracks made by d-i-y bands from this period that uses nothing more than a couple of synthesizers. These bands released at best a handful of tracks, in part as a reaction to the commercial New Wave of that time, and some of them were only available on cassette tapes, before the label came along that is.
I’ve included a few current tracks to give a sense of perspective.