I ran across this Chocolate Bobka post over at Altered Zones today, and was immediately struck by the gloriously gaudy artwork accompanying this rare collection of left-field 80s synth-pop. I literally have no other context for any of the included artists, but Dark Entries is gracious enough to be offering this up as a free download right now. The original record sleeve isn't shy about what's in store for perspective listeners either:
“Synthetic Romance – for people wanting a collection of modern and futuristic music. The groups are varied, from all parts of the country and all walks of life, with one thing in common – the synthesizer – perhaps the most sophisticated instrument of our century. This album is intended to promote the best new groups performing their own material. It also demonstrates the imagination and foresight of these yet little known musicians.”And you know what, the results aren't that far off. If you bugged-out over this year's Minimal Waves Tapes Vol. 1 comp (*raises hand*), then this "otherworldly mix of futuristic synth-pop" should scratch a similar itch. If for some reason you need even further enticement, though, after the jump I've got a stream of Those Attractive Magnets' Synthetic Romance cut "Fade Into Silence". But seriously now, this is the kind of stuff that file sharing was made for.