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Pink Stiletto Brings Back Fun, Quirky, and Sexy New Wave with Debut Single “Synthesize”

Pink Stiletto is set to reinvigorate New Wave and post-punk with their debut track, “Synthesize.” Echoing the eclectic, avant-garde essence of ZE Records, Pink Stiletto merges disco’s allure with punk’s rawness, funk’s rhythm, and new wave’s idiosyncrasy. “Synthesize” stands out with its unconventional sound, capturing the vibrant, artistic spirit of downtown New York. It draws inspiration from the likes of Gina X, Tubeway Army, and Cristina.

Valery Kvochkova, the visionary behind Pink Stiletto, shares, “The project’s name was inspired by iconic tracks like Fancy’s ‘Slice Me Nice’ and Link Wray’s ‘Switchblade’, embodying the 80s New Wave and Post Punk’s eclectic mix of wacky, cheesy, and sexy elements. It’s a solo endeavor I embarked on last year, aiming to revive the distinctive spirit of that era.”

The track’s lyrics, though succinct and bilingual in French and English, are set against an infectious groove that promises to energize any dance floor, especially when paired with dazzling laser effects.

Originally, Synthesize was conceived with Kvochkova’s previous band, Deux Nomiz, featuring talents like Billy Trujillo (Part Time) on lead synth, Chris Wilson (Part Time, Poppy Jean Crawford) on drums, and Charlie Goon on guitar, with Kvochkova herself handling bass synths and vocals. “The dissolution of Deux Nomiz left this track unreleased. It held a special place in my heart, compelling me to give it a new life as Pink Stiletto’s debut, preserving the original essence while infusing it with fresh elements,” explains Kvochkova.

While Pink Stiletto is predominantly Kvochkova’s solo project, it has warmly embraced collaborations. In “Synthesize,” Protocultura’s Eric Acosta and Jimmy Bronson enrich the track with analogue effects, drum overdubs, and mixing, complemented by Kyle Borodkin of Raptor Records on the saxophone. “I personally played and recorded the new version, making sure to maintain the original’s aesthetics while introducing new elements, with significant contributions from Protocultura and Kyle on the saxophone,” Kvochkova adds.

Listen to “Synthesize” below:

With an impressive debut performance alongside renowned artists like David Microwave Javelosa of Los Microwaves, members from The Units and Tuxedomoon, and Miguel Gomez of Kontrol, Pink Stiletto, under Kvochkova’s leadership, promises an electrifying future. “Sharing the stage with my synth hero, David Microwave Javelosa, and other iconic musicians was a remarkable experience. For live shows, I bring together a band of talented friends to fully realize Pink Stiletto’s music,” Kvochkova remarks, highlighting the collaborative essence of their live shows.

The next performance is eagerly anticipated on March 1st at Thee Stork Club, where they will join forces with Diesel Dudes’ synth-punk dynamism and Candy Whips’ New Wave/Italo energy.

“Stay tuned for more vibrant tracks in the pipeline. There’s much more to come from Pink Stiletto, and I’m thrilled to share it. The upcoming show at Thee Stork Club is just a glimpse of the exciting journey ahead,” Kvochkova concludes with enthusiasm.

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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