Category Archives: synthpop

Illyin Pipes

Today we have a great new group, to me at least,  from the great frozen north, Toronto, Canada.
They are down tempo synth-pop duo, Illyin Pipes, and they’ve just released their second single, “Daylight Confidant’’ from their debut EP Spaces.

“Daylight Confidant” dropped three days ago on December 1st and don’t forget to look out for the debut Illyin Pipes EP Spaces, February 2018.

“The song was written after a blurry night spent consoling a friend who was falling apart, while masking my own breakdown.” Jill Harris (vocalist of Illyin Pipes).

This single has a beautiful ethereal sound to it, glistening synths and the warmly awesome sound of Jill Harris. You just sink back into it and enjoy your surroundings.

Daylight Confidant

I don’t know how I missed this, but this was the first single from Illyin Pipes about four months ago and it is absolutely spellbinding.
Along with the scenery there is so much to enjoy with this video, once again there are the awesome glistening synths and the beautiful voice. Their sound is so warm and beautiful I just want to sink back and luxuriate in it.
Waking Up

Directed/Filmed/Produced by Illyin Pipes
© Illyin Pipes 2017


? Renata Raksha

Broods is a musical duo from Nelson, New Zealand, composed of Georgia Nott on lead vocals, with older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott on production and backing vocals.

Their first single “Bridges”, went to No. 8 on the New Zealand single chart. They released their self-titled debut EP, Broods, on 30 January 2014, which was followed by a full-length album, Evergreen, on 22 August 2014. The band has toured with Ellie Goulding, Haim, and Sam Smith
Broods have won five New Zealand Music Awards.
They moved to Los Angeles in April this year and they released their second album, Conscious, on 24 June 2016. And a great album it is, you need it in your collection.

OK, enough background, let’s get to the music.

This is their latest single and video, just dropped Friday.
A great song and a true showcase for the amazing voice of Georgia. The track is from their second album, Conscious, and was co-written by Lorde. Now that’s some pedigree right there. The video is pretty cool, a little story about break ups and youthful angst.

Directed by Dano Cerny and Produced by Lauren Solie
(C) 2016 Capitol Records


A really cool video here, set in a post apocalyptic dystopian future. A song of hope and yearning for freedom. This was the first single from the album Conscious. I’m assuming it was a monster hit in their homeland. Great song.

Directed by Jessie Hill and produced by Danyi Deats & Targa Sahyoun

(C) 2016 Dryden Street Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Music Australia


This is from their debut album ‘Evergreen’ released in 2014. Based on this track a truly auspicious start. I am totally impressed by Georgia’s voice. And with this full orchestra, complete with strings to the forefront it is absolutely the bees knees. I’m totally spellbound.
Four Walls

“Four Walls (Live With Lyrics)” directed by Possum Hill and produced by SOAP Communication
(C) 2014 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

? @lostbeforefate

Broods open their 2016 North American tour in Kansas City at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival.
They are still on a vast tour of the USA. You can check the dates here on their web site.
This is another great song, and Georgia is quite a performer, great stage presence and quite a mover, and cute with it.
Couldn’t Believe

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We’ll finish up with a live version of the great first song featured above. This was recorded on 14 July 2016 @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, NZ. The crowd was really into it.

Jessie Karnstein-Ritchie


OK. I lied. Here’s just one more, from the same concert above. Another beautiful song.
Bedroom Door

Jessie Karnstein-Ritchie


Doe Paoro


Doe Paoro is more than just another singer. Her voice has an amazing quality that has been helped by her years of meditation in Tibet.
Doe Paoro aka Sonia Kreitzer is an amazing singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California whose ethereal sound blends elements of pop, dubstep, soul, synth-pop, and R&B and bears strong influence of Lhamo.

Doe Paoro has a soon to be released new album, After, that belongs in your collection.

So hows about we check out some of her amazing sounds.

First up her brand new video, it just dropped yesterday.
Madonna and child or witch and succubus, where is this video going? It’s all pretty strange. But what is awesome about it is the voice. Doe Paoro’s voice. It will haunt you it is so beguiling. It captures you and hold you in its spell.
And then there is the witch’s line dance?
Awesome, beautiful, can’t stop watching it.

Directed by Mitch Dequilettes


Doe Paoro’s “The Wind”, is an exploration of self discovery, shown through a limited palette of oil pastels to organically animate the dreamlike narrative. It is also a wonderfully simple piece of work that brings out Doe’s amazing voice.
The song comes from the album ‘After,’ available soon.
The Wind

Director: Jack Brown, London-based animator and illustrator.
Producer: Evan Brown


This is very different from the previous two songs, not so mysterious of moody. This is a flat-out great pop song, a hypnotic beat, great electro backing and again the awesome voice of Doe Paoro. And great eye candy from Mexico? Cuba? Florida?

Directed/shot/edited by Dan Huiting


A test of any singer is can they produce the goods live?
So we check out Ms Doe Paora in probably the harshest conditions, just her and a guitarist. No audience to feed off.
And boy does she nail it, Doe is a truly great singer. Her voice, the phasing, the tone, are all spot on, perfection.
A fine fine guitar player, sadly un-credited.

directed/shot/edited by Dan Huiting
tracking: Nick Tipp
mixing: Viktor Bälter-Lundin


Finally today another live performance, this time at the always perfect KEXP. They just keep giving the indie artists a great showcase. Another fantastic song from Doe. Beautifully orchestrated by the truly tight backing musicians.
And Doe is just in fine fine voice.

Host: John Richards
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Luke Knecht