Anchor and Adjust out October 14th on it Records is the debut album from Australian synth-pop duo Syzygy; Rebecca Maher and Gus Kenny both formerly of beloved Melbourne synth-punk band Spotting. This new project explores a more unadulterated electronic aesthetic combined with an unabashed pop sensibility.
“Gus was listening to a lot of 80s synth music and minimal wave, while Bec was deep into mainstream 80s pop divas and new wave.”
The resultant album sits at a crossroads of genre. The melodies of new wave pop meet the synth tones of 80’s coldwave, the vocal dynamics of post-punk and the DIY ethos and raw edges of punk. Layered synths twist and weave. Featuring celestial, emotive vocals, the album is often bright and upbeat, danceable, but also moody, thoughtful and clever. It is sparkling and edgy electronic pop.
The album’s lyrics explore the power dynamics in relationships, including the relationship with yourself. It is about control and being controlled. Attempts to unravel years of ingrained behaviour and decision making to try and see the world another way. It yearns for clarity, asking questions and searching for definitions to try to understand what is perception, what is manipulation and what is truth.
“I was speaking to myself, through myself. Both aware of having these feelings and disconnected from how they were making me feel. Making this record allowed me to create order and meaning. It was both my wake up call and my pep talk for changes I desperately needed in my life.” Rebecca Maher
Anchor and Adjust is available on all digital platforms and an in ultra-limited edition of 300 transparent purple vinyl LPs available worldwide November 25th.