Circuit3 is a stunning mix of synthy electropop songs all wrapped up in bleeps, beats & synthy ear candy.
He is a siliconchipsuperstar.
This is electropop synthpop influenced by the great and the good of the classic 1978-1982 era of electronic pop. The digital precision of the 21st century is married with the classic analog beats, drones, arpeggiators and melody lines under a pop male vocal and lyric which takes no prisoners.
Heavily influenced by the synth artists he heard streaming from pirate radio in the early 1980s Circuit3 echoes the sounds, production & writing of Vince Clarke, John Foxx, Ultravox, Gary Numan, Heaven 17, Human League, Thomas Dolby .
The new Circuit3 album siliconchipsuperstar is a limited edition blue vinyl release with a bonus CD of album tracks and remixes by iEuropean, Jonteknik, Le Cliché and others.
Album of the week on Dan Hegarty's 2FM "The Alternative" and featured on many international radio shows inlcuding Rusty Egan's "Electronic Family Tree" and BBC regional radio.
While the album title is arugably heavy on the hyperbole surely we are all siliconchipsuperstars these days?
REVIEWS & PRESS
The Electricity Club said "‘siliconchipsuperstar’ is classic styled synthpop made by someone weaned on classic synthpop. This well-produced album is undoubtedly a labour of love and while there are echoes of the past like Clarke, Foxx, Jones, Numan or Dolby, the album is full of futuristic sounds that warble off and on."
“"just far and away better than so much of the material I've heard in this genre... it's a huge step up from being a bar band performer to potentially achieving international acclaim, and that's exactly what he's poised for here with Circuit3...Keep an eye and ear on this one- I see good things for Circuit3 in the future and some forward-thinking label really ought to sign this act” Chain D.L.K. Album Review
"Take a deep breath and double-take before reading the title to Circuit3's electro pop opus 'Siliconchipsuperstar'. Everything about this album is wrapped in that wonderful retro electro magic. It's ten tracks that bring you into the past and then the future, with a nod to pre-Songs of Faith & Devotion Depeche Mode (which certainly isn't a bad thing!)" - Dan Hegarty 'The Alternative' RTE Radio
"album of the year - fantastic album and I have very difficult to see any other artist to do better" - Radio Virus (Sweden)
"It’s not every day you stumble upon a debut album that forces you to re-write your best-of-the-year list.
He’s not trying to hide being influenced by the synth pioneers of the late 70s and early 80s. There are obvious references to John Foxx, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and many others from the Synth Britannia era. But it never crosses into plagiarism. It’s all done with an eye for detail and with a personal touch that firmly holds the ten tracks of the album together.
There’s definitely no shortage of singles candidates. If I were to pick a few favourites then ”Reverberate” is one that immediately springs to mind, a song I’m convinced Phil Oakey wouldn’t mind taking on. ”Hundred Hands” is another one that would do well as a single and is also the one I would say is the strongest track on the album.
Another standout track is ”In Your Shoes” which could’ve been a forgotten song by Depeche Mode. It’s not hard to imagine Martin Gore taking the mic on this one. It makes you long for the days when you were tingling with expectation awaiting a new album from the Basildon boys…
It’s a beautiful and well-crafted package, both musically and aesthetically, and should appeal to anyone with a soft spot for the artists who pushed the boundaries in the early days of synthpop.
- Electroskull.com (Sweden)