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!
The Kickstarter campaign for Bad Blood – A Life Without Consequence is now over. The album is available for digital pre-orderat our BandCamp site. The book and CD will be available at all major retail websites the second quarter of 2021!
If you would like to order a signed copy of the book, album, or both, please send us a message via the websiteand we can send a PayPal invoice.
We want to thank everyone who made the Kickstarter campaign a huge success and we look forward to sending the first copies of the book out before the end of the year!
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