This might be the only thing on this list that I discovered through SB. Shared by @zeno, I believe.
I had a chance to see Maus live just before the pandemic started, but in the end I couldn’t motivate myself to drive to another city an hour away alone on a work night for a show. I later concluded that I should have gone. Maybe next time.
I was holding off on adding this one because I thought their new album was coming out the first week of January. Turns out that was just the release of the first single. Their previous album was after a 15-year break and is easily some of their best work.
This song was inspired by Joe Haldeman’s book The Forever War and, years ago, is what drove me to finally read the book.
This is a synthpop side project of the Apoptygma Berzerk guy.
Is Apoptygma Berzerk itself synthpop? Probably, under my broad definition, but if I start adding things like that and VNV Nation this list could get very long. (It’s already going to be very long unless I lose interest or someone takes me aside and says that no one else at SB likes this type of music so I should stop.)
Here’s something a little different, synthpop music from Mexico. I’m glad their lyrics are not in English. I get tired of so many things being in English regardless of the country of origin. (Speaking of music in general, not just synthpop.)
This one’s in my top 10, probably. They are from Greece. I was introduced to this band by a contract software instructor that my company hired, many years ago. I still follow him on Last.fm but he hasn’t used it in almost ten years.
Marsheaux covered Depeche Mode’s second album in its entirety. And then they released another version with longer tracks.
Finally, they have a handful of songs in their native Greek. I like this one in particular:
Okay, I hadn’t planned to say anything about Depeche Mode and some of the other synthpop artists that pretty much everyone already knows about. But I was surprised to find that this week they released new music under the Depeche Mode name. I figured that was over now that they are down to just two band members. But I won’t complain.
And, I guess, since I brought them up, I’ll mention some favorites. I’ll limit my selections to just a couple of b-sides.