Locally, vocalist Monika Heidemann was best known for being the frontperson of experimental NYC-based band Xylos and for collaboration with a number of experimental electronic and pop artists. Writing, recording and performing under the moniker of HEIDEMANN, Monika Heidemann has stepped out on her own with the release of her debut EP, Orphan, which was released last week. 

Co-produced and mixed by Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) and Jim Orso (former drummer from Holy Ghost!), along with Josh Ascalon and Robin Macmillen, The Orphan is  comprised of 3 original songs and a cover of ABBA’s “The Visitors,” and sonically the EP manages to sound as though it were heavily influenced by 80s synth pop – in particular, Madonna and Depeche Mode.

All of the songs consist of subtly pulsating synths and drum programming that’s spacious enough to give Heidemann’s vocals room to float and bob through the mix – and although the material manages to lean more towards chilly cool wave and downtempo, it’s still highly danceable. In fact, the first two singles released from the EP, “Well Well” and “Swords” sound as though they could have been played on American Bandstand back in 1984.