Syntoma were a Mexican underground synth-pop group active in the 1980’s. Little-heard outside of their region, EM Records allows us to redress the balance, revealing the beautifully bright sound of the trio. Tinny drum machines and early consumer-synths are used to propel shiny pop songs, with compelling results.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 July 2015
Helping clog up the vinyl release schedules are Syntoma, a Mexican synth-pop outfit from the early ‘80s. The record is split into two sides -- not just two sides of vinyl, but instrumental and vocal sides. Although the instrumental side comes first, I’ve skipped straight to the vocal side (I don’t do “rules”, y'know) and what I’ve found is a kind of naive sci-fi synth pop with bloopy keyboards, guitar(!) and Lena Lovich style yelping vocals. It’s odd, that’s for sure, and horrifically dated -- but of course that’s what you all love about this kind of stuff. It reminds me of that X Ray Pop re-issue from a few years back though this crew like to add huge guitar solos onto their compositions.
The instrumental side is less madcap with lots of fuzzy interlocking synths. Imagine an 8 year old Vince Clark toying with synths at home and you are somewhere close. At times they make Trio sound like Kraftwerk - it’s so damn cheesy and jaunty. One for aficionados of daft synth composition and retro-craziness.
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