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Merry New Year by Will
December 23, 2009, 12:20 pm
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Blimey O Reilly. It’s Christmas. Where did that come from? It seems only two minutes ago we were wearing shorts and white socks and sandals at Green Man festival watching Andrew Bird and here we are at the end of the year.. Before we turn off the lights and disappear we wish you a very merry christmas and thank everyone who we’ve worked with this year for making it such a special one. Now go forth and fulfill all those bacchanalian Christmas excesses! See you in 2010.

Synch x



2009 in moving pictures by Will
December 22, 2009, 5:45 pm
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Last week we decided we wanted to put together a 2009 showreel. It was as much for our own records really. Then we watched it and realised that a lot of cool things happened this year to Chrysalis artists, some of which will last long in the memory – White Lies at Glasto, The Big Big Pink Synch, Karen O’s Leather jacket-car-dancing, the Horrors album extraordinaire, multiple number ones for Fraser T Smith on producing duties for the ‘brap pack’.. Anyway. Some reasons to be cheerful, basically.

So then we decided to throw in some Flight of the Conchordes for good measure (apparently Bowie is quite popular with one quarter of the synch dept.). Bowie is always a good addition, though.

 Hope you like.


We’ve had a lovely year by Will

‘Come on, chaps – let’s have a listen to that new joint from Chrysalis.  Thompson’s gone on a pimp juice reccy. Last one to get crunk is a wet blanket’

Indeed. Well, there’s nothing like gathering in Norwegian woollen jumpers, lighting pipes and giving the last 12 months in music a right going over. That’s exactly what we’ve spent the last month doing. We now have a massive pipe tobacco dependance, broad 1940s accents and a penchant for calling each other by surname only. More truthfully, 2009 has been a sensational year for Chrysalis artists. Much lauded albums released, big gigs played, festival crowds won over, new artists signed, ads synched, tv spots spotted, Mercury prize nominations nominated, picnics played, Letterman’s performed, end of year lists invited.. So with that in mind for your aural (and sexual?) pleasure (no, probably not) here compiled are our musical revelations of the year. The ones that will endure in our minds for the longest into the new decade and beyond. Of course the choosing was very difficult. But 2009 according to Gareth, Sophie, David and Will was all about this:

Gareth ‘I’m the boss so I’m not putting anything here’ Smith:

  1. YYY’s ‘Zero’ – Is the bit about a minute and a half in when the song is launched into orbit that makes me smile. On the tube. At randoms. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
  2. THE CRIBS ‘Cheat on Me’. Effortless, honest and unpretentious.
  3. EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘Home’. A singalong stroke of brilliance by a band of 15 smiling people on stage – a cult you want to join.

Sophie ‘S’aink S’aink’ Urquhart:

  1. THE BIG PINK ‘Too young to love (Unkle Remix)’ – Ridiculously cool track in itself. The Unkle remix just gives it that special s’aink s’aink. Pure ear joy.
  2. THE LOW ANTHEM ‘Charlie Darwin’ – This song makes me want to smile and cry simultaneously.
  3. GOSSIP ‘Four Letter Word’ – I love the insanely catchy synth bassline in this track which makes me feel like I’m at an 80’s discotheque every time I listen to it, which is a lot.

David ‘Why use one word when fifty will do’ O’Bryan:

  1. BAT FOR LASHES ‘Daniel’ – Despite being drenched to the core at her Somerset House gig, seeing her perform a flawless rendition of this mystical pop song of Fleetwood Mac proportions is a definite gig highlight of ther year for me.
  2. NATHAN FAKE ‘The turtle’ – I love techno when it’s for the head, like Aphex Twin. I love techno when it’s for the dancefloor, like Dubfire. But when you have techno that’s for the head AND the dancefloor in one song, it’s perfection. This song is just that.
  3. PATRICK WOLF ‘Hard Times’ – His show at the Palladium is one of my favourite gigs of the year… seeing him sing this song in a giant glitter cape, whilst spinning like a pagan dandy, is one of my music highlights of the year.

Will ‘I grew attached to it’ Theakston:

  1. THE HORRORS ‘Mirrors Image’  I have listened to this song 7,863 times this year. I marked each play by dropping a small paper effigy of the band in my ‘I love the Horrors bassline’ hope chest. That’s not weird.
  2. METRIC ‘Satellite Mind’ The greatness of this song and Metric’s album should be screamed from the rooftops. We’re not allowed on our roof anymore, so I’ll scream it from a, er, blog.
  3. ANDREW BIRD ‘Fitz and Dizzyspells’  If you could open a can and summer came out this song would be the accompaniment. LOVE the bird.

 Oh, and without further ado..

Better than Santa Clause existing by Will
December 10, 2009, 4:50 pm
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Without blowing our own flugelhorn, this is probably worth mentioning – The NME albums/singles of the year 2009 were revealed yesterday and we’ve got both the #1 album (THE HORRORS ‘ Primary Colours’) and #1 single (YEAH YEAH YEAHS ‘Zero’). Oh and the #2 single (THE HORRORS  ‘Sea Within A Sea’). And we’ve got both the #3 album (YEAH YEAH YEAHS ‘It’s Blitz’) and the #3 single (THE BIG PINK ‘Dominos’) of the year, too.. We’re, basically, bowled over. This is an amazing result, especially for the horrors, yyy and the big pink.

Also receiving gongs were BAT FOR LASHES, BON IVER and THE CRIBS. Equally thrilled about this. Generally quite thrilled.

Full deets below (and on the ol’ NME website). Party on.




New Signing: Penguin Prison by Will
December 8, 2009, 4:38 pm
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We’re over the moon to have just signed an exclusive publishing deal with Chris Glover, aka PENGUIN PRISON! Already a name on the lips of all in blogland and making all the ‘Ones to Watch in 2010’ lists he’ll be over to these shores in the new year, at which point he can introduce all in fair Blighty to what can only be described as the most sensational wonky NYC dancepop.  Let us re-iterate: we are VERY excited. In the meantime check out the video for ‘Animal Animal’. Go on.

Chrysa-lis-a-fri-day by Will
December 4, 2009, 5:30 pm
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Good afternoon, people of the interweb. Cribs. Yes – a band from Wakefield that played a storming set at Brixton last night. But also! A classic MTV show in which celebrities show you ‘where the magic happens’ and flaunt fridges full of junk food and Crystaaaal. For those of you uninitiated in the modern vernacular, one’s  ‘Crib’ means one’s ‘House’. So here’s a playlist about ‘Houses’, ‘Homes’ and, well, ‘Cribs’.  Enjoy. Chrys-a-lis-a-fri-day #18 – (Chrysalis) Cribs

I Think We Like This by Will
December 4, 2009, 5:16 pm
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It seems that we’re not the only ones that dance madly in the office to FAKE BLOOD… Good work, crazed dutch djs. We approve.