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Queer and quirky Synthpop | The Canadian Peppermill Netlabel resembles beatismurder.com in many aspects. Their latest addition could have been out at the Austrian label without a problem. Sky Barstow, Norwegian bon vivant and sound engineer, plays synth-driven Indiepop. Low fidelity, high quality!

Robin Barstow a.k.a. Sky Barstow enjoys synthesizers and organs, "those big enormous ugly things". He is a circuit-bending sound engineer and recorded his recent album "It's Circuar" on an army of dirty little synths. What he get to hear is awkward chiptune hymnals, melancholy Indiepop tunes and 80's influenced DIY Grandezza. The album did not get me on first try. But listening to it again and again, every time it got better.

Most of the songs are longer than five minutes, and a lot of things happen in between. What sounds aleatoric initially turns out to be the mature profile of a talented not only knob tweaker but musician. "Can We Leave This Place", "Closet Dance", "It Rained All Day" and "Probably Not" are single hits with massive edges and sharp outlines. Robin Barstow mixes juvenile melancholy with queer exhibitionism, charm and a good amount of self-mockery. Can you imagine a mix between Nick Diamond and Mike Patton, ca. Mr. Bungle? Well, maybe you can after having heard "It's Circular". Superb! - Phlow music magazine


"Sky Barstow delivers a nutty but yet well-behaved electronic pop-hymn for all of us that couldn't give a shit
about homework and rather spent after school time with Super Mario. Accordion and xylophone for the
indiepeople and masses of blipp blopp for electronica enthusiasts - Creative, joyfull and extremely catchy!"

Orignal in Norwegian. Google translated version here:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=no&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww11.nrk.no%2Furort%2FarticlePP.aspx%3Fpparticleid%3D1.6603410 - Urørt NRK p3


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Ep - "It's Circular" (www.peppermillrecords.com)

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«...What sounds aleatoric initially turns out to be the mature profile of a talented not only
knob tweaker but musician. " -Phlow Music Magazine on "It's Circular" EP.

Sky Barstow is a world of sound that you haven't heard and a fronter of a new electro where people actually play on stage. This is a non laptop band with live vibrant synthesizer riffs and quirky self mocking vocals from a young man figuring his way through real and imagined worlds.
British, based in Oslo (Norway), the two electro heads have been playing around the scene for about a year and receiving good feedback both from Norwegian national radio, blogs and individuals.