Although Breathers hail from modern-day Atlanta, you’d be forgiven if you mistook the synth-pop trio for time travelers beamed in from early ’80s England. The group are unabashed new wavers that embrace the genre’s quirkier side—splashy digital drums, zippy keyboards, robotic vocal manipulation—and fascination with retro-futurism. Breathers’ latest two tunes, “1-800-PAIN” and “Only Operator,” are neon electropop bliss. The former song winks at Kraftwerk’s button-pushing and Thomas Dolby’s keyboard wizardry; the latter scans like a diffracted 8-bit Nintendo soundtrack. Appropriately, Breathers released these songs both on Bandcamp and as a cassingle—a fusion of past and present that neatly summarizes their aesthetic.
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