Scarlet Soho - When The Lights Go Out
Synthpop, Electropop Having hidden away for much of 2011 working on the follow-up to 2009's "Warpaint" (on the famous Major Records label), Scarlet Soho are back in May 2012 with the release of the "When The Lights Go Out EP".

Bringing back the 80s with a band, the British trio fuse perfectly synthpop with Italo Disco, while the crispy clean vocals of singer James Knights gives the final touches to an aural pattern than sends the listener back in time, to a place when MTV (yes, it's not a legend: it really did broadcast only music videos) had "Domino Dancing" by Pet Shop Boys on heavy rotation.

And it's not a chance that I mentioned the legendary London duo, because if there's a lesson that Scarlet Soho still need to learn, a trick that Lowe and Tennant mastered flawlessly, is how to make a great and catchy pop hit: don't get me wrong, the title track of the EP has that singalong quality that a pop song needs, but I still think that alchemy is not yet fully perfected.

All in all tho, really a minor flaw for an up-and-coming band that can count already on clear production skills and famed to stage an impressive live show - and with already several tours under their belt, an impressive feat these days.

Completing the EP, a very good remix by Trouble Over Tokyo, which propels Scarlet Soho right into the middle of the dancefloor - I picture this on an Ibiza club night - adding bass and groove to the mixture.

If you like synthpop, Scarlet Soho are definitely a band to follow!

Check also the "When The Lights Go Out" video: http://youtu.be/knAnHTFs1ZE
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Scarlet Soho - When The Lights Go Out

7.0
"Good"
N/A
Electroracle
Released off label 2012
Having hidden away for much of 2011 working on the follow-up to 2009's "Warpaint" (on the famous Major Records label), Scarlet Soho are back in May 2012 with the release of the "When The Lights Go Out EP".

Bringing back the 80s with a band, the British trio fuse perfectly synthpop with Italo Disco, while the crispy clean vocals of singer James Knights gives the final touches to an aural pattern than sends the listener back in time, to a place when MTV (yes, it's not a legend: it really did broadcast only music videos) had "Domino Dancing" by Pet Shop Boys on heavy rotation.

And it's not a chance that I mentioned the legendary London duo, because if there's a lesson that Scarlet Soho still need to learn, a trick that Lowe and Tennant mastered flawlessly, is how to make a great and catchy pop hit: don't get me wrong, the title track of the EP has that singalong quality that a pop song needs, but I still think that alchemy is not yet fully perfected.

All in all tho, really a minor flaw for an up-and-coming band that can count already on clear production skills and famed to stage an impressive live show - and with already several tours under their belt, an impressive feat these days.

Completing the EP, a very good remix by Trouble Over Tokyo, which propels Scarlet Soho right into the middle of the dancefloor - I picture this on an Ibiza club night - adding bass and groove to the mixture.

If you like synthpop, Scarlet Soho are definitely a band to follow!

Check also the "When The Lights Go Out" video: http://youtu.be/knAnHTFs1ZE
Jun 06 2012

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Marco Visconti

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