A Charming Defense, hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, crafts synthpop melodies that oscillate between the enigmatic and the ethereal. With an eclectic appreciation of music, ranging from the pulsating beats of ’80s German Synthpop and the alluring tones of French Coldwave, to the raw intimacy of 2000s MySpace-era bedroom pop, A Charming Defense weaves direct, catchy narratives that resonate with the emotions they convey, even when treading familiar territories of heartache set to deliberately cyclical rhythms.
Now, listeners can indulge in their introductory offering, “Anniversary,” courtesy of Brazil’s Systemica Records. There’s a melancholic twinge to this track, with a gorgeous hook and intertwining vocals playing off the synths. It sounds like a lost 80s number from a John Hughes soundtrack, with its echoing pads and wistful lyrics – but the sentiments are immersed firmly in a 21st century mindset. Echoes of pioneers like Depeche Mode intertwine with the contemporary cadences reminiscent of Iamamiwhoami/Ionnalee, TRST, Korine, Pet Shop Boys, and Boytronic in Anniversary‘s ambiance.
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Penned by A Charming Defense, “Anniversary” reflects a collaboration of notable craftsmanship. Gabriel Pelenson (Lost Lenore, Secret Shelsons, Pontagulha). took the helm in its production alongside A Charming Defense, while the mixing was managed by Pelenson, with Adam K. Stilson lending his expertise specifically to the vocal mix. The final mastering touch was conferred by Stilson, ensuring the piece’s refined finish.
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