At the end of last year we did an electro pop remix of one of our earlier songs, “Sensual Ambience”, which was included on our 12th album, “Atmospherics 2: Chill” released in November. While listening to the song during the mixing/remixing process, it occurred to us that the Pet Shop Boys song, “West End Girls” would fit quite nicely with this track. Once the holidays were passed we went back into the studio and did our own version of “West End Girls” and then grafted parts of that into “Sensual Ambience”.
The Track listing for the Extended Play is: 1. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Extended Mix) 06:26 2. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Single Edit) 04:10 3. Sensual West End Girls Ambience (Instrumental Mix) 06:26 4. Sensual Ambience (Electro Pop Remix Edit) 07:24
Munich Syndrome’s latest album, “Nineteen Eighty Something”, is a nostalgic trip back to the 80s synth pop era. The album is characterized by its use of classic synthesizers and drum machines, as well as powerful vocals that deliver lyrics exploring themes of love, loss, and loneliness. The album is a continuation of the band’s signature dark and atmospheric sound, with a strong focus on nostalgia and a longing for the past. The songs on “Nineteen Eighty Something” are described as haunting and melancholic, yet danceable, and the album is sure to appeal to fans of 80s synth pop, as well as anyone looking for a fresh take on the genre. Overall, “Nineteen Eighty Something” is a stunning showcase of Munich Syndrome’s signature style and a must-listen for fans of atmospheric synth pop and retro-futuristic music.
Written and (mostly) recorded in the 1980’s, all of the songs were intended for Munich Syndrome’s first album. Studio issues, changing times, and momentum led to the multi-tracks being boxed up. Time was lost waiting for collaborations and contributions that never came through. Through 4 moves and a few decades, the tapes were opened and listened to at the start of the pandemic. Shock and surprise ensued, as many of the songs were completely forgotten, and the others were much further along than remembered. Two years of cleaning up the source tapes, finishing choruses when needed, and adding a bit of studio clarity, the songs are now finally being released as intended. 40 years later, but still…
Featuring hits that should have been, “Missing” is one of the standout tracks that has been streamed and Shazam’d hundreds of times throughout the world. The lead song, “Nineteen Eighty Something” recounts the wonder, heartache, hope and disappointments that the era presented. “2 Whom It May Concern” and “Anywhere But Here” encapsulate the feelings of first loves lost. “Love & Dancing (More Words)”, “Forever in a Night”, “Disco Lies” and “Thief” will have you on the dance floor. The album closes on the wistful “Endings” and the ambient mix of “Nineteen Eighty Something.”
Munich Syndrome was and still is David B. Roundsley!
Written and demo’d in the 1980’s, Munich Syndrome is about to release their 13th album, which takes everything back to where it began. Starting with a small home studio, experiments with a Korg Poly-6, a Sequential Circuits 6-Track, a drum machine, a mic and Tascam Porta-Studio evolved and grew into full fledged electro pop songs. Searches for collaborators came and went, but at the end of the day, a core group of songs were committed to tape, and then put away in a closet.
As the pandemic closed in on the world, a small stack of tapes was discovered at the back of a closet (4 moves removed from the original location). Unsure of the shape they were in, or what the tapes might reveal, a search began for a functioning machine to play back the 4-track tapes. The two biggest surprises were, the tapes were in remarkably good shape, but more surprising, there were several songs that had escaped memory altogether. A certain amount of irony was entailed that the first song listened to was called “Missing.” What was amazing was, the song was all there. The melody, the words, all of it.
But, with these newly discovered songs, came the realization that the technology and recording equipment were less than stellar. A lot of work began to clean up what could be cleaned, redo what needed redoing, re-recording what (desperately) needed to be re-recorded, and then fitting the new back into the old.
A tad more recording is still underway, but the core group of songs are ready, including:
Nineteen Eighty Something
Love & Dancing
2 Whom It May Concern
Forever in a Night
Dreams or Memories
Anywhere But Here
Sensual West End Girls Ambience (grafting our version of the Pet Shop Boys West End Girls with our song Sensual Ambience)
Shooting for a late 2022 release, but this might not land until early 2023!
Munich Syndrome’s entire discography, beginning with 2006’s “Sensual Ambience”, on through 2022’s EP’s and singles (“Sensual West End Girls Ambience EP”, “Love & Dancing 2002 EP”, “Love & Dancing 2008 EP” and “Bump & Grind”), are now available for download, as well as many of the releases available on CD as well.
We have recently requested our music be removed from Spotify. This has little to do with the issues surround their support of Joe Rogan and his podcast. The fees associated with streaming are very poor to begin with, but Spotify is the worst. Spotify currently pays $0.0009000 per stream. And that is only if the listener listens beyond the 30-second point of the song. Listening for 10-15 seconds and them moving on denies the artist any type of remuneration. If you want to truly support artists, small independent ones like ourselves, or performers on major labels, please purchase legal down loads / cds / vinyl, or whatever media they are releasing music on.
For the time being the entire Munich Syndrome discography is available from our Bandcamp page, with many of the items, exclusive to this online shop, for the time being.
We are currently working on the Nineteen Eighty Something project, which features songs written and demo’d back in the 1980s, when Munich Syndrome first began, on through songs from and about that era. Our current EP, “Love & Dancing 2022” is part of this project.
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