Artist: Barcelona

Album: Zero-One-Infinity

Appears On (Mixes): Thirteen Ugly Children Roll Gutterballs

Song Notes:

If You're In A More Electronic Mood: Barcelona is a sadly defunct band that put out a few records of indie electro-pop. This is from their second-to-last album Zero-One-Infinity. From what I understand, the band members were all programmers and engineers with a love of synth-pop, which lead to geeky songs like this one or "Paging System Operator" -- they weren't a one-trick pony, though, and had lots of songs about other topics as well. Still, though, they were a bit tongue-in-cheek. Since 2002, the members seem to have been pretty quiet, and I'm not sure if any of them are still making music. There's a reference to The Positions featuring Ivan, and it looks like they're playing a show pretty soon—I haven't heard any of their stuff yet, though, so I can't say if it's anything like Barcelona.

If you're still in an electronic mood after listening to this and downloading the other mp3s at the Barcelona site, you might check out Kanda, a really awesome band out of Portland, who are in a similar vein. Their site has an mp3 or two to download as well. (Full disclosure: The guy who runs their record label is a friend of mine, HOWEVER I am actually a big, big fan of Kanda as well and no one asked me to mention them (or even knows I am!).) Or, you might check out IQU, who are also really awesome—they're one of the few bands with a thereminist who really knows how to play it! It's really awesome to watch him get these great melodies out of the instrument; so much control on an instrument known for its uncontrollability! Cool dance pop—check them out! - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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