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DAYBEHAVIOR: It's A Game

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 02 2010
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Artist: DAYBEHAVIOR
Title: It's A Game
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
There's nothing better than having a beautiful song to make a great single. After seven years of break, Tommy (who moved from Sweden to Thailand years ago), Paulinda and Carl reunited to write new songs. "City lights" (available for free at the band's website) was the first and it showed that synthpop still have something to tell thanks to catchy melodies and cool synth sounds. IT'S A GAME is the new digital Daybehavior single and contains the main track plus two remixes. The original tune is a fresh danceable synthpop song with fat bass lines in evidence and the seducing vocals of Paulinda. The song talks about lovers' games ("it's a game and I want to play / I wanna go all te way/ ...we can go slow and faster / and we can love like there's no tomorrow day") and the Greek duo Marsheaux did a great remix by keeping the original vocal lines and writing new bass lines (those ones sounds really great) with catchy lead synth inserts here and there. Australian band Parallox (that have their debut album "Metropolis" available on Conzoom) opted for a retro sounding 4/4 danceable mid tempo with dreamy atmospheres. The remixers did their best to give to the original song a "new life" and they proved once more that when you have a hit on your hands it's almost impossible to fail. Keep your eyes opened for the forthcoming album!

Moon.74: Newborn

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 22 2010
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Artist: Moon.74 (@)
Title: Newborn
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****

When I firstly saw the cover artwork of Moon.74's Newborn, I supposed Echozone issued his first hip hop release of his catalogue or some kind of mixture of jumping beats with Celtic folk as suggested by the Celtic motifs of the cross printed on it, but as I pressed on play it was clear the different tenor of this album, the first one by this Depeche Mode music buff, whose style is prominently influenced by the first acts of the notorious band, in particular by the one which could be easily categorized as synth-pop. Even Dominic Hein's (the real name of this one-man-band) threatening look and his bad countenance with a gestural character on the shots typical of someone begging or praying for attention can be deceptive: you could expect a rough rumbling voice, but Hein's one sounds almost emasculated with his gentle and massaging notes, maybe a little bit monotonous, but what could seems an attempt of emulating his singing idol gets ahead especially in the nuances of songs such as Strange Convention, Gun (without barrel!), Dirty Mind or Moonlanding and even from the lyrical viewpoint the level is above mediocrity, even if nothing but a post-romantic reprise of the favorite themes by Gore & C. close to the literal substance of a teeny love letter or an interminable SMS message with self-indulgent winks (We Are - the best song of the album in my opinion -, Into My Arms, Oblivion, Stalking Horse). The most evident limits of this issue could be justified by the fact Dominic has done everything by himself as synth parts sound not so elaborated and layered and melodic structures are too terse. Moreoever he should try to broaden his vocal range, but it could be not so correct pretending too much: it's a newborn by the way!

CELLULOIDE: Hexagonal

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 18 2010
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Artist: CELLULOIDE (@)
Title: Hexagonal
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Rated: *****
Three years after their latest album containing original songs (the album they released in 2008, "Naphtaline", had only covers), Celluloide are back with HEXAGONAL. The eleven songs of the new album are true to their style thanks to the use of analog synthesizer sounds, 8 bit bleeping sounds and thanks to the dreaming/melancholic voice of Darkleti. Packed into a deluxe 8 panels eco digipack, HEXAGONAL finds the trio dealing with solid melancholic pop songs in balance from synthpop and e.b.m. (many bass lines they used sound upbeat and fat). All the lyrics are in French language and they deal mainly with people's difficulties of bonding: like on "Fair du bruit, which means "Making noise", where he or she turns on the tv, the radio, opens all the windows to let the noise fill the place of a loss. Sounding well produced, elegant, full of nice melodies, sounds and rhythmic lines, HEXAGONAL is a good album that will satisfy the lovers of minimal pop as well as people fond of early 80s e.b.m.

Versus: Different Twilight Places

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2010
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Artist: Versus (@)
Title: Different Twilight Places
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
Versus is a synth-pop/EBM German band coming from the electronic music-contaminated area of Dresden active since more than 9 years, which gained some notoriety after they won the bronze medal at 2004 edition of the Europe-englarged band contest "Battle of the Bands" through Re:start, a well-forged "discoid" EBM song enfilled with computer terminology included in the 15-tracks (plus a prologue) list of Different Twilight Places, a sort of concept album based on the idea of the journey...a very special one according to the passengers which decided its itinerary starting obviously from Monestirea, a track named from the village they come from, a place crowded by shuddering freezing android, a song full of digs to false morality, polluting small peripheral villages of rich countries, which are blind to distant facts which seemingly don't produce any effects on the internal balance of the community (they sing "Don't close your eyes fromdistant things: they will catch you faster as you can think/[..]/no one cares about another one/everyone has to die someday/.../everyone is cold inside")...a relevant remark as if you don't understand the starting point, the subsequent stages could appear not so meaningful...don't expect anything particularly revolutionary from the stylistical or musical viewpoint! The hard-driven beats spread out by this German lads are quite conventional, even if the official info-sheets about this release indulgently qualify themmas a "muscially most diverse band". By the way, someone could trustfully be of the opposite opinion, as sometimes the style is so homogenous and poor in variations that they could induce some yawning in people looking for variations. Luckily the energetic slightly stomping facts and some meaningful lyrics as well as some nice tracks such as We Are Cloned (my favorite track as it looks like a sort of controversial act of honesty by the band when André Steinigen, the voice as well as the lyricist, say "don't clone your idols../we are the clones of our creed"), the energetic Freequency, Drifting Away - featurinf Stefan Grossmann from Absurd Minds - and some little pearls of romance (Beautiful Like You, Travelling Home) help all those needies thirsting for beats. I have been even more puzzled by AG Akrobatik, the ghost track you could hear at the end of the album, which could be fitted for a Carharrt advert in my opinion, but looks out of keeping with the general mood of Different Twilight Places.

goJA moon ROCKAH: Libido Cowboys

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2010
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Artist: goJA moon ROCKAH (@)
Title: Libido Cowboys
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
You could imagine the four members of goJA moon ROCKAH wandering about the kebab or weed-smelling and muddy narrow streets of some red district in Northern Europe wearing like cowboys with smoking guns acting as stand-ins for flabby cocks, animatedly chatting about new arrivals in sex shops or new flirtatious hookers after listening to the tile-track of their thirs albuym, Libido Cowboys, and the somewhat cartoonish story told in some of their songs mainly about lust, sex, unfullfilled love and so on, but maybe they're nothing but reporters of an artificial society whereas they observe and get inspiration from talent-scouts, crowding such places to look for a presumable new glamouresque music star or even a vote-sucker political candidate, a world inhabited by freaky creatures such Zombies on dope (!) showing off the brand new discovery of beuty treatment or a new glittering color for hair there's no real space for true feelings. The almost commonly accepted opinion which can be subsumed in the imperative principle "Sex sells" seems following the reversed movement of a burning cigarette and even if these German guys in their somewhat amusing 10 electro-pop songs try to entertain there's a sense of decadence coming out in many tracks (Erotik unser Eis, Geraldine or Tropische Liebe, whereas in a stereotyped tropical paradise there's still space for a love dream - "Es ist das Scheppern der Gedanken /Hier oben in den Baumen/Wo bunte Vogel wachsen/Und von der Liebe traumen" - which could disquiet any listener laughing after they depicted carnivorous pussies or similar stuff...). The neo of this album maybe stands, alas, in its not so original style: a part of some interesting arrangements partially reminding the primordial steps of ebm and hard disco and some electro-punk staining, I could say Libido Cowboys could stand as a funny act for foot tapping or for an hey-hey choir at stadiums and it doesn't really sound so sexy as lyrics could suggest. Maybe is it a purposeful choice?


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