When: Fri., Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Cold wave, synth pop, minimal synth, minnielectronix — the sheer quantity of subdivisions of music from the late 1970s and early 1980s that embraced the artifice and rigidity of analog synthesizers and drum machines is a bit maddening. Veronica Vasicka, a longtime enthusiast of said past scenes, coined the term “minimal wave” to encompass it all. Minimal wave is also the name of her New York-based record label, which has been instrumental in reviving interest in the once hopelessly obscure music of bands such as Borghesia and Snowy Red. Local archival labels such as Dark Entries and Superior Viaduct mine similar material for reissue, while contemporary artists are increasingly taken by the cold and mechanical sounds of vintage analog synths. One such artist is Silent Servant, who creates industrial techno and minimal electronic statements that are heavily indebted to the cassettes and homespun obscurities preserved and popularized in recent years by minimal wave. At Public Works (161 Erie St., San Francisco) on Friday, Silent Servant will perform, along with a set by Vasicka and DJs from the similarly minded Surface Tension party.