Designs in Rhythm is the second studio album from synth-pop act Ice Choir, led by American producer Kurt Feldman. Like the predecessor Afar (2012), we are invited to cool retro pop with clear influences from the 80's. However, this new album feels a bit more thorough with better songs and a bigger production. It really fun that even the American 80s pop gets a revival as the British new wave have delivered many cool albums during the past years.
Should I compare Ice Choir with any band, St.Lucia and Panama Wedding comes pretty close, though, I would like to say that they are clearly more retro in their sound pretty like FM-84 and Gunship.
Unfortunately, the record is only released on CD in Japan, but if you're a fan of this kind of pop, it's definitely worth checking out. Just listen to the Dan Hartman smelling "Unprepared" and "Comfortable", both of which are truly a musical journey back to 1984.
Wish that more bands should take on this charming era of pop that is impossible to resist, but that will hopefully be the big thing in 2018.