British-Danish synth pop duo Perpacity are releasing 9725, the lead single from their forthcoming second album Arise on 19th August. For those unfamiliar with the band, they are Ian Harling and Martin Nyrup who live in Bristol and Copenhagen respectively. Martin started to craft music back in the days of the Commodore 64. Progressing to other synth and computer-related instruments and gradually mastering recording technologies, he fairly quickly got involved in writing music for the gaming industry.
This was how he met vocalist Ian Harling. Ian started playing guitar and writing music from the age of 14, first as part of a country and western duo and then as a rock band at aged 18. After some time working together, Martin mentioned some instrumental tracks he was working on. Ian said he wanted to add vocals over one of them. Thus Perpacity was born eight years ago. Perpacity released their debut album, The Sinner Inclination in early 2015 which also showcased their back-catalogue of material. Since then they have released several well-received singles such as “Obscene”, “Save me” and “Volatile Cohesion”. Martin’s musical influences include Depeche Mode, Yazoo, New Order and Kraftwerk, differing strikingly from Ian’s who include numerous Irish bands, both indie and folk, such as Clannad and The Cranberries.
9725 starts with promise with a pure synth vibration of sound, rich in texture and atmosphere. If you’re a fan of the current retro nod to synthpop music, you will recognise Ian Harling’s vocal as pretty similar to Erasure’s Andy Bell. The song is very evocative of the sound that Erasure create and if you listen closely, there is a nod to Depeche Mode’s “Useless” with a backdrop of cool, even guitar twang synth.
Overall, the song carries an innocence that feels like a genuine, unconditional love for synthpop and a respectful nod to their musical influences.
Eternal ft. Nordik Fire is being offered as a B side and is a track that brings the Celtic element of a violin charged melody into electronic territory. The two sounds fuse well together and it’s another great listen. The “Arise” LP was mastered by Alexander Kretov from renowned dreampop band Ummagma. As of 7th October, the album will be released on CD and digital download.