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Svenskt inslag på remix-EP från Zynic

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Den tyska synthpopsensationen Zynic, med Peter Siemandel i spetsen, släppte tidigare i år sitt tredje och kritikerrosade fullängdsalbum “Neon Oblivion”.

Som grädde på moset kommer nu remix-EP:n “Neon:EP” och bland de medverkande remixmakarna finner vi bland annat T.O.Y.X-Marks the PedwalkDavid BurdickBeborn Beton och sist men inte minst svenske Daily Planet-bekantingen Johan Baeckström som bidrar med en ljuvt åttiotalsdoftande och analogskimrande version av “Fear My Love”


Zynic slog igenom med buller och brak med den fantastiska “Fire Walk With Me” (2011) och följde sedan upp med det starka andraalbumet “Blindsided” 2013.

“Neon:EP” släpps den 1 december via Zedsdead Records och kan förbeställas här redan nu!


01. Free to Decide (Extended Freedom Mix)
02. Neon Oblivion (T.O.Y. Remix)
03. Powered by Death (X-Marks the Pedwalk Remix)
04. Slice of Life (Morgan War Gestern Remix)
05. Fear My Love (Johan Baeckström Remix)
06. Neon Oblivion (David Burdick Remix)
07. Side Effects (Beborn Beton Remix)

Interview: Zynic

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Founder and main editor Jens Atterstrand did an interview with Peter Siemandel from Zynic who released his critically acclaimed third album “Neon Oblivion” on february 24.





– Hi Peter! Your third ablum “Neon Oblivion” is now finally in our hands? How does it feel?

Hi Jens! Well, i am still blown away by all the positive feedback the record received so far! I was away for four years, I am not that much of a social media person like many others are and you can never tell up front if the people will like changes in style. So i was pretty surprised when the “Neon Oblivion” video got 1000+ clicks the first day!

– When did you begin working on the new album and what has the experience been like? Any obstacles on the way?

I started writing for “Neon Oblivion” right after “Blindsided”. I bought a modular system and had a lot of cv/gate fun experimenting and syncing it to my old analog synths. It’s a different way of working when you use an analog step sequencer but I soon had something I liked and that became the introsequence for “Free to Decide”. It often takes a lot of editing and a bit of tuning in the box but its worth it.

– Does it take you a long time noddling around until you’re completely satisfied with the end result?

Yes, when Olaf and I enter Nerdzone it takes forever. It’s often hard to find the right time to let go. When i am not sure I work on something else and open it again a week later. That helps in most cases.

– “Dead End” on your last album “Blindsided” (2013) was a twisted tale about a revenge on a lover and on the new one there’s a serial killer story called “Slice of Life” influenced by Dexter. Are you a fan of dark ironic and twisted stories like these?

Yes, I was always drawn towards the strange and dark things. As a kid I stayed up all night to watch old horror movies when my grandma was asleep. Scared the shit out of me, but i did it again! Now writing became kind of my anger management, working on songs like that helps me to get rid of some negative energy. Catharsis theory seems to work for me.

– Besides the music, are you into any other artistic expression like art or photography?

I used to work as graphic designer and still enjoy doing all the artwork and most of the photography. At the moment I’m digging deeper into Adobe after effects and the likes of those. I discovered endless possibilities during the making of the “Neon Oblivion” video.

– On every album so far and especially on your debut album “Fire Walk With Me” alot of the lyrics are socially critical like “Dreams in black and white”, “Soul for Sale”, “Who’s to Blame” and the then the likes of “Free to Decide” on the new one. What’s the process like when you write those kind of lyrics and your song lyrics in general?

It’s very frustrating that so much is going wrong and that there’s nothing you can do about it. I sometimes have to remind myself that things are not right just because we are used to it. The first lines of those songs come from the news most of the time and I keep adding till I have enough to shape lyrics that fit the song.

– You’ve also done one cover version on each and every album from three quite different artists in quite different genres. If you went on a three day hike in the woods and you could bring four CD’s wich ones would you pick?

For a trip in the woods I’d go for: Sinead O’connor’s “The Lion and the Cobra”, Arcadia’s “So Red the Rose”, Scandroid’s “Scandroid” and a Motörhead best-of in case I wanna get drunk!

– Besides Germany and a few other countries your music seem to be very popular among electronic fans in Sweden and ofcourse we have a strong tradition of synthpop and electronic pop with bands like Elegant Machinery and The Mobile Homes as well as commercial succcesses like Robyn and so on, why do you think that is?

I think swedish folks are a bit more enthusiastic about music, they love to sing and they are not afraid of pop. A lot of people in other countries love synthpop too but they hide it behind a grim industrial image.

– While talking about Sweden and rounding off this interview, is takes us to the 10.000 euro question: When will we finally be able to see Zynic live on stage? How are the plans going?

I never expected so much interest in live shows, to be honest. When I started Zynic it was kind of a self-therapy. I got the diagnosis of an eye disease a few years ago and major depression followed, also I’m a oneman-show and it requires a crew that I can trust to make it a bit interesting to watch on stage. All together that sounds like extra cash to spend that I dont have. I thought it would never happen but Thomas from Zedsdead and imyself will try to figure something out when the labelwork for the new album is done. Never say never…

– That sounds great! I really hope you’ll make it happen because I know many people who would love to get the chance to see you on stage. Sweden seem to have been extra fond of Zynic ever since you started. Any final words to all those fans (and the rest too, ofcourse) reading this interview?

Thank you all so much for your support, you keep me going! Stay Zynic!

Order Zynic’s new album “Neon Oblivion” right here!


Zynic – “Neon Oblivion”

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Format: (Album) CD, Digital
Skivbolag: Zedsdead-Records
Releasedatum: 24 februari 2017
Genre: SynthpopElectropop
Bandmedlemmar: Peter Siemandel
Land: Tyskland
Recensent: Jens Atterstrand

(English version below)

Retropop för framtiden!

Med det kritikerrosade debutalbumet “Fire Walk With Me” (2011) och den starka uppföljaren “Blindsided” (2013) i bagaget, så var mina förväntningar minst sagt skyhöga inför den tyska synthpopsensationen Zynics tredje fullängdare “Neon Oblivion”.

Hjärnan och rösten bakom Zynic, Peter Siemandel, har ännu en gång tagit hjälp av landsmannen, producenten och synthpopmaestron Olaf Wollschläger och tillsammans har de arrangerat Peters nya låtar i en kristallklar och luftig ljudbild, där allt det snygga örongodiset ges precis det utrymme som det förtjänar.

Baktaktade och sammetslena pads får sällskap av tung oktavbas i det mörka och melankoliska titelspåret som inleder resan för den här gången. En resa ständigt kantad av starka ledmelodier och greppvänliga refränger som, trots att de placerats i en tämligen modern ljudbild, ständigt har ena foten i åttiotalet.

Peter gör ytterligare framsteg både som sångare och låtskrivare och texterna avhandlar allt ifrån existentiella frågeställningar i “Powered by Death”, obligatoriska kärlekshistorier som “Distances” och “Would” (där Peter också får sällskap av Beborn Beton-sångaren Stefan Netschio) till Zynics unika, med glimten i ögat, underfundigt skruvade teman som i den dansanta seriemördarskildringen “Slice of Life”“Free to Decide” står för Zynics traditionsenliga känga till mediaetablissemanget den här gången, medan vi i den, i verserna, lätt EBM-doftande “Trümmer” sedan får höra Peter sjunga på sitt tyska modersmål för första gången. Som en extra bonus levererar han även en gitarrbefriad tolkning av Paradise Losts “Say Just Words” från 1997.

“Neon Oblivion” är ett väl genomarbetat och lätt beroendeframkallande album från en av genrens starkaste akter just nu och är redan en solklar kandidat ett av det här årets starkaste albumsläpp.


01. Neon Oblivion (04:22)
02. Fear My Love (03:32)
03. Would (feat. Stefan Netschio) (03:56)
04. Powered by Death (04:09)
05. Say Just Words (04:16)
06. Slice of Life (04:55)
07. Trüemmer (04:54)
08. Distance (04:12)
09. Free to Decide (05:10)
10. Side Effects (07:10)

(English version below)

Retropop for the future!

After the critically acclaimed debut album “Fire Walk With Me” (2011) and the strong follow up “Blindsided” (2013) my expectations was, to say the least, sky high of the German synthpop sensation Zynic’s third album “Neon Oblivion”.

The brains and the voice behind Zynic, Peter Siemandel, has once again been assisted by fellow countryman, the producer and synthpop maestro Olaf Wollschläger and together they have arranged Peter’s new songs in a crystal clear and spacious sound stage, where all the fancy ear candy is given just the space it deserves.

Backbeated and velvety pads are joined by heavy octave-bass in the dark and melancholic title track that starts off the journey this time around. A journey constantly accompanied with strong leading melodies and grippy choruses which, although it’s all placed in a fairly modern bubble of sound, constantly keeps one foot in the 80’s.

Peter makes further progress both as a singer and songwriter and the lyrics discusses everything from existential questions in “Powered by Death”, mandatory love stories like “Distances” and “Would” (with a guest appearance by Beborn Beton-singer Stefan Netschio) to Zynic’s unique, with a gleam in the eye, subtle and twisted themes – like the danceable serial killer story “Slice of Life”“Free to Decide” then takes Zynics’s traditional swipe at the establishment this time around, while in the, in it’s verses, lightly EBM fragrant “Trümmer” we get to hear Peter sing on his German native tongue for the first time. As an added on bonus, he also delivers interpretation of Paradise Lost’s “Say Just Words” from 1997 totally free of guitars.

“Neon Oblivion” is a well worked through and slightly addictive album from one of the genre’s strongest acts right now and it’s already an obvious candidate to one of this year’s strongest album releases.

“Neon Oblivion” blir tredje från Zynic

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Synthpopsensationen Zynic, som debuterade med den kritikerrosade “Fire Walk With Me” (2011) och sedan följde upp med den starka “Blindsided” (2013), är äntligen tillbaka med nytt material!

Bakom Zynic finner vi tysken Peter Siemandel och på det kommande “Neon Oblivion” radar han upp tio nya spår av sin melodiösa och melankoliska moderna synthpop som ständigt har ena foten i åttiotalet. Med produktionen har Peter ännu en gång tagit hjälp av den tyska synthpopgurun Olaf Wollschläger som tidigare har arbetat med MeshBeborn BetonIn Strict Confidence, Minerve och Harmjoy för att nämna några.

Det första smakprovet, titelspåret “Neon Oblivion” finns ute nu med tillhörande video (spana in denna samt lyssna på smakprov från albumet nedan).

“Neon Oblivion” släpps den 24 februari via Zedsdead-Records.


01. Neon Oblivion
02. Fear My Love
03. Would (feat. Stefan Netschio)
04. Powered by Death
05. Say Just Words
06. Slice of Life
07. Truemmer
08. Distance
09. Free to Decide
10. Side Effects