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Munich Syndrome is an ongoing musical project dating back to the post-punk new wave electro pop explosion in the early 80’s. Starting out with stark experimental soundscapes, the sound morphed into a more cohesive synth-pop sound. Demos, albums and videos came and went, but a final line-up and studio wasn’t solidified until the early 2000’s.
Various vocalists and instrumentalists came (and more quickly) went leaving David Roundsley as the original and sole member. Styles and technology shifted and changed during the 90’s, but it was the electroclash revival in the late 90’s that reawakened the possibilities out there. The “First” official Munich Syndrome album was “Sensual Ambience” released in August 2006. In actuality, this was a group of songs that were soundtracks to short movies shot in France in 2005. Downtempo, atmospheric, with some jazz and ambient overtones, these tracks were finished first, but the addition of the “Electro EP” (four songs that closed our Sensual Ambience) predated the preceding nine tracks.
The “Second” album, “Electro Pop” harkens back to the roots of Munich Syndrome, and was originally the “first” Munich Syndrome release. The one aspect of Munich Syndrome that was new with this project was the upfront utilization of the vocoder and processed vocals. “Pop” entered the “Electro” part of Munich Syndrome with this release.
The song “Love & Dancing” ( it’s title taken from a Human League EP) is a love letter to the bands and songs that prevalent as Munich Syndrome took it’s first steps.
Electronic Ecstasy expanded the foundation laid in Electro Pop and also explored a much beloved, but now forgotten “extended mixes” (not to be confused with remixes, which often have nothing to do with the original song) with three extended mixes.
The songs that started forming after the release of Electronic Ecstasy started to have a similar theme and feel: alienation and finding one’s place in a world where it seemed everything was preordained. What was intended to be a single release morphed into two. As Robotika was going into production it was offered to an online music store that specialized in synth pop. An offer was extended to do a VIP version that would include three songs / mixes unique to this offering. Robotika (the VIP edition) included special mixes for Industry (Business as Usual Mix), Assassins (Locked on Target Mix) and Analogue Life (No Words Mix), and clocked in with 15 tracks. Robotika (Expanded) featured 20 tracks with eight tracks exclusive to this release: Industry (Hostile Takeover Mix), Assassins (Take the Hit Mix), Memories Drift (It’s Christmas), Robotika (Ambient), Robot Part b, Robot Part c, Robot Part d, and Robotika (beta).
After the more focused and harder edged Robotika album(s), Atmospherics 1: Urbania is a detour into moodier, atmospheric soundscapes, a soundtrack to a night out int he city, be it Berlin, London, San Francisco, or Paris. Utilizing older analog synths, vintage guitar amps and a mixed bag of filters Urbania offers a variety of moods from dark and quiet to slinky and sensual, to upbeat and euphoric.
Coming later in 2016 will be the techno-pop centric: World of Tomorrow!