SOUNDS LIKE: The Postal Service, Arthur Russell, Porcelain Raft
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: This anthemic dance pop project will fill your Postal Service void
If Arthur Russell were still with us, I imagine at some point in his career he would collaborate with Ben Gibbard & Jimmy Tamborello and would be the third member of The Postal Service. His electronic meets symphonic sound he crafted in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s would go on to influence numerous bands throughout the years.
To fill the void, or to answer the question of what could have been, we instead can bask in a neo-synth-classical combination in the form of Philadelphia's Sun Airway. Their beats are clear, clean, catchy. On top of said beats you find layers and layers of string arrangements, giving a dimension to synthpop and indie rock that is sometimes avoided altogether. And if the creations of Airway's John Barthmus are a so-called black noise, he must be crazy. This song is anything but dark: it is a bright song that bursts with hope. Its a song with a rich color palette that will keep your spirits up for days.