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Tempe's Factories Balances Moodiness and Deliriousness with Their Indie Synthpop

It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. And that's doubly true when it comes local music, of which there's an overabundance of in Metro Phoenix. The Valley's music scene is gifted with burgeoning bands and emerging artists who will be making waves and getting attention this year. And starting today, Up on the Sun will highlight more than a dozen such acts for our series 14 Bands You Need to Hear in 2014. Today, Troy Farah covers Tempe indie electronica trio Factories.

Without its frenzied manic side, melancholy is grossly misrepresented. Luckily, Tempe's Factories attains that balance on their moody yet delirious synthpop.

Their debut LP, Together (any under-appreciated local release from last year) moves through the somber solitude of a Ben Gibbard-like psyche with the sensibilities of Blonde Redhead and Tycho.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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