Old school knob twiddling from down under
Andreas Kuepper, aka Tasmanian devil of electronica In This Mode, who makes some seriously catchy old school electro-pop with a 90s stadium synth twist and a dark, almost gothic vibe. He’s a man on a mission, and that mission is big, big sounds that do big, big things.
Why In This Mode?
Because Kuepper’s music is bursting at the seams with deep bass and infectious keyboard riffs. Taking influences from pretty much all of the old guard – Numan, Visage, Ultravox, and (yes, you’ve guessed it) Depeche Mode, to name just a few – Kuepper’s tracks are about getting the feet tapping and those nostalgic juices flowing, combined with some existential thinking that informs his lyrics and the philosophy behind his music-making. ‘Lunasea’, his first album, is an instrumental exploration of the stages of the moon through electronica, while ‘The Untitled 1’ dwells on the artist’s battle with his own ego.
Tell Us More
We’d say it’s high time attention was paid to Mr Kuepper. There’s plenty of In This Mode to get your teeth stuck into, after all. So far, Kuepper has produced 10 albums and there’s much more to come. He’s currently only playing live in Australia, but thanks to the wonders of the internet you can find a glut of tracks on Kuepper’s Soundcloud page, plus there’s the new video to ‘Spiral’ via YouTube. Check out the retro stylings on ‘New Wave Revolution’, or the dark and edgy ‘Ride’, In This Mode’s most recent album.
‘Ride’ is out on SJE Records