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Photovoltaik / Press

“San Diego's own Photovoltaik offers the sound we love (dark wave electronic new wave post punk synthpop) with 6 lovely tracks at Bandcamp . I look forward to more coverage for them. I like where they are going and given the local aspect, I am especially interested!”

“In music, no questions asked, they are THE exception to the rule. Photovoltaik duo is like a wind breeze on a hot summer day, in this murdered and raped music scene. Ujn Hunter is the duo’s vocalist from US east coast, and R. Mosquito (ever considered changing your surname?) is the synths man, who slipped into this world on the west coast of the US. To be even more unique and more exception than norm, Photovoltaik even go to the extreme and build their own analogue synths. Nerds! Photovoltaik just released their six track debut EP, Zeotrope. They remind me of the early Depeche Mode albums, the likes of a Speak and Spell, and other albums of that era. Still, they are not a photocopy of Depeche Mode, or DM wannabes. This duo delivers some unique synths and beats that you will never find in other albums (because of their custom made synths?) Ujn vocals are also an excellent fit in this album, as if he was brought up in the eighties, or better his voice is stuck in the eighties. Destiny?”

“San Diego was a mis… Halt! Falsches Thema. San Diego ist die Heimatstadt von Photovoltaik, einer neuen amerikanischen Synthpop-Formation, die ihre analogen Synthesizer selbst baut. Noch labellos, gibt die Band zur Promo ihren ersten Output heraus. Und die Songs entpuppen sich durchweg als Hörfutter, nicht nur für Minimal Wave Freaks. Photovoltaik – Synthpop made in USA Leicht schräg, häufig mehrstimmig und mit vielen rhythmischen Wendungen. Photovoltaik überraschen mit ihrer Musik gerne viel bespielte Synthpop-Ohren. Ungewöhnlich, dass solche Musik mal nicht aus Schweden oder Deutschland, sondern aus den USA stammt. Auch wenn die einfache Strukturierung und der Charme recht skandinavisch wirkt. Eine Band, die nicht nur für amerikanische Verhältnisse ungewöhnliche Klänge fabriziert. Nein, Photovoltaik sollte man im Hinterkopf – oder besser: im Ohr – behalten.”

"Their very catchy synthpop with minimalistic sound pretty much reminds me of early Elegant Machinery and the time were they was at their best; during the 90′s. Even a small hint of Ashbury Heights can be heard from time to time. Everything feel very simple, but yet it sound so extremely good with great vocal appearence for being a demo. The opener “Sleep Tight” can easily draw resemblance with Fad Gadget. Every track has a strong melody and it only bring you joy and a happy feeling. My personal favorite is “Persuasion” with its very melancholic atmosphere and beautiful sound. It keeps very high class, both in sound and with its lyrics. Even if the sound can be worked on with a better production. Now it feels very dirty and raw. Though, I think this is a duo that you should keep an eye for."

"C'est un peu la même chose avec Photovoltaik : les membres de ce groupe de San Diego ont poussé jusqu'au bout puisqu'ils ont eux-mêmes créé les synthétiseurs. Le résultat est un EP que vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement."

"Photovoltaik are a Californian electro band who bravely build all their analog synths themselves. They got in touch with me recently to tell me that they’d just finished recording and mixing their debut 6-track EP. Their happy synthpop sound sometimes belies some darkly goth lyrics: Fad Gadget inspired opener Sleet Tight includes the line “I want to wrap you up in plastic; I want you buried underground” for example."

"These completely enjoyable, throwback synth-heads deftly channel Yaz, Howard Jones and Depeche Mode without getting too mired in the schtick-iness of it all. The geeks also get bonus points for not trying to throw in some screamo bullshit or something else “now” and for building all of the analog synths themselves. Where’s my Swatch, penny loafers and Generra sweatshirt when I need them?"