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THE DAWN VISITORS: Hybridize

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 17 2004
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Artist: THE DAWN VISITORS (@)
Title: Hybridize
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Coming from Belgium The Dawn Visitors arrived with HYBRIDIZE to their fifth release. The four tracks of this MCD are incredibly convincing and listening to The Dawn Visitors is like having a link between the past (Roxane's voice sometimes remembered me Siouxsie Sioux) and the future (the band's music contains elements of '80s goth rock but being well integrated in nowadays electronic sound). "Don't say we don't mind", "Space Shift", "U-415" and "Be Perfect" (which is a sort of hit single for my tastes) are catchy without being too danceable or fashion. Even if they use electronic gear their music has nothing to do with modern electronic bands you can find into the alternative charts and this is a good thing because they aren't chained to a genre which could affect their creativity.

PANDIQUE: Weltenklang

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 17 2004
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Artist: PANDIQUE
Title: Weltenklang
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Rated: *****

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Newcomers of the German electro pop scene, Pandique are active since 2001 when they won a battle of the bands with their song "Light of justice" (third track of their debut album). WELTENKLANG is their first album which is ideally linked to bands like And One, Covenant, etc. Even if those are their references, Pandique developed a certain capacity into mixing different influences which go from distorted techno (like on "Corrosion" and on "Vom Leben") to synthpop (like on "Stummes wort") including also parts of ambient electronic (see the use of long synth pads on their songs). The songs have got always a certain danceable approach without being too commercial. Melodies and rhythm are the backbone of their music and WELTENKLANG is a good beginning.
Jun 16 2004
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Artist: BURCH RENDERS & REDUCERS MAMA
Title: Theatermusik
Format: CD
Label: Domizil (@)
Rated: *****
I don't know if you'll agree with me but it isn't possible to find any weak point about this second Burch Renders & Reducers Mama release. Since the first listening I found their electronic compositions absolutely irresistible. Their light melodies mixed with the synthetic analog sounds create a sort of dark spatial lounge music which is free from the fashion aspect of that scene and this will make you appreciate so much their music. The CD gathers the music for the plays "Die Stelle im Park" and "Migranenstadl" by Tim Zulauf as well as new compositions for Brillowska's Show "Hotel Supernova" (guest appearance in "Bad Hotel", Gessneralle, Zurich). The Songs 'Bühnenarbeiter', 'Sneaker', 'Recycling', 'Autoerotik' and 'Heimatgold', (all taken from the Play "Migrantenstadl") are interpreted and sung by the actors / actresses themselves: Ingo Heise, Felix von Hugo, Agnes Lampkin and Wanda Vyslouzilova. The lyrics of these songs were written by Zulauf. If you are asking yourself how do they sound like: "Turbopolka" seems a soundtrack for neurotic video games, while "Living room", "Hold on", "Sneaker" and "Halo" deal with pop, lounge and electro ambient music in a way so delicate that they are perfect that way. The most particular tracks are "Sickerheit & Kontrolle" (almost an e.b.m. track), "Gruppengefuhl" (a martial experimental electronic track), "Amalgam" (a perfect soundtrack for a noir movies with its dark and melancholic melody). Record of the week!
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Artist: DRESSED IN WIRES (@)
Title: Behold My Mighty Star
Format: CD
Label: Estrunax Records
Rated: *****
BEHOLD MY MIGHTY STAR is the first official album by Dressed In Wires, a solo project headed by Simon Earp. The ten tracks of the CD gather irony (try to think how songs titled "First gay black president" or "I can see myself cumming in your hair tonight" could sound), electronic sperimentalism and good intuitions. Particular vocal samples gives humanity to the tracks while razor blade sounds (like the ones on "Aphids in me") give rhythm, cutting in two the atmosphere just to make space to new rhythmical structures and to some sick atmosphere. Everything is packed with a DIY atmosphere and the insane imprint of the project makes you wonder what's coming next. When IDM bands seem to be too pretentious, Dressed In Wires arrives just to clean the blackboard of modern music with his impetuous way of doing. If you think that Simon's music is a joke, you're wrong as he seems to be dead serious about what he's doing. If you are into industrial, IDM and electronic sperimentalism allow me to suggest you this project, then let me know what do you think about it.

TACTICAL SEKT: Burn process

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 13 2004
Artist: TACTICAL SEKT
Title: Burn process
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
A maxi-cdep thing (12 tx, 72') for Tactical Sekt, aka Anthony Mather (vocals, keyboards, programming) and Beam (drums + noise creation), featuring 7 new tracks and 5 remixes by Haujobb, Solitary Experiments, DJ Rexx Arkana (Bruderschaft), [:SITD:] and Reality. Tactical Sekt play hard-as-nails electro with emphasis on pounding beats and "evil" filtered vocals. Exactly like Grendel, who I've just reviewed - it's astonishing how these bands sound like each other. A die-hard fan would probably be able to tell them apart, but honestly, wouldn't it be for the cover, I'd have a hard time doing that. But anyway, this is decent electro, and the above mentioned fan would probably sweat on this one.


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