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ZYNIC: Fire Walk With Me

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 07 2011
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Artist: ZYNIC
Title: Fire Walk With Me
Format: CD
Label: Conzoom
Rated: *****
Zynic is the personal synthpop project of H.P Siem Andel and FIRE WALK WITH ME is his debut album. Formed around 2008, Zynic started to work to his sound taking as reference 80s synthpop of the likes of Yazoo, Depeche Mode, O.M.D. and I could say also Howard Jones by listening to the song "Shadow framed memories". Mixing those influences with 90s Sweden synthpop sound, Zynic recorded ten original tunes which alternate dark and lighter atmospheres. Songs like "My personal cryptonite" or "Who's to blame" will please the lovers of what used to be the reference for Swedish synthpop music: the label October Records. If you are more into pop you'll appreciate the upbeat rhythms of "Soul 4 sale". Old farts like me will appreciate the cover of Depeche Mode's "Any second now" which now has retro atmosphere and a 4/4 hard beat rhythm section. Lovers of love ballads will dream with "Almost silence". FIRE WALK WITH ME is a good debut and on the CD version you will find also four remixes by Iris, Assemblage 23, People Theatre and Parralox.

DATO: Hard To Find EP

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May 03 2011
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Artist: DATO
Title: Hard To Find EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Danimark, Thomas Erichsen and David Kosteljanetz are DATO, a duo which is capable to mix funk, electro and synthpop in a catchy blend. HARD TO FIND is their first EP and contains three tracks and two "Extended club mix" of the main track and of "My life is perfect now". "Hard to find" is a 4/4 dancey song with in levare bass lines, funky guitars and catchy vocoder filtered vocals. "My life is perfect now" is a great 80s electro pop mid tempo tune with the nice Jannie Linnebaek vocals and dance attitude. Check the slap bass lines, the lush synths and the funky clean guitar riffs. This is a really catchy tune that won't make you looking into your record collection to check that Missing Persons song you wanted to listen to again. "Got to get out" closes the EP with rhodes chords, mid tempo dance rhythms, funk bass lines and female / male duet. This music is sensual nu-disco that you'll love to dance with. Check them at their Soundcloud page at www.soundcloud.com/dato

CYLIX: Alpha

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May 02 2011
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Artist: CYLIX (@)
Title: Alpha
Format: CD
Label: Life Is Painful
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Formed in 2008, Cylix are a Greek duo formed by Plasma G and DV/H, djs and event organizers active since early 2000s in the electro goth scene. Inspired by German and Swedish 90s synthpop, the duo started to record their own tracks and after taking part to some compilations, they are now releasing through Life Is Painful their first album ALPHA. The album mix pop vocals with energetic electronic music based on arpeggios, 4/4 dance hard beats and catchy refrains. With lyrics based on the difficulties and pleasures of love relationships, Cylix succeed into giving to their album a touch of freshness and an atmosphere of classic synthpop influenced by e.b.m. ALPHA includes also two remixes by Lights Of Euphoria (their version of "So much for love" sounds intimate and energetic at the same time) and by Psyche ("Heal me" now sounds melancholic and epic thanks to a piano arrangement.
Apr 13 2011
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Artist: Ascii.Disko (@)
Title: Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact (@)
Rated: *****
Hot out of Artoffact ovens, Black Orchid: From Airlines to Lifelines (what a wise tilte!) is the new album by Daniel Gerhard Hol aka Ascii.Disko where he seems squeezing efficaciously danceable beats and good sounds into a stylistically crammed suitcase. Many electro techno djs who stocked some of Ascii.Disko releases in their bags and all those who listened some of his acid stuff could feel somewhat surprised while listening to the musical turnabout of this guy towards more dulcet and whimsically pop directions, but it's quite difficult to escape from the pleasant tunes by which Piemont manage to pamper the listeners subtly inviting them for a merrily desperate sinking into imaginary quicksands! My favorite moments of the albums are those ones when Daniel Gerhard Hol melt together elements of rock, funk and house, whereas in stunning tracks such as Horizon, the frenzically erotic White Lines Black Lines, the frenzically ego trip of 100 Demons (...wittily tinged of that kind of guitar textures post-rock lovers habitually get stoned by - a neatly audible influence in track such as Crystals and Knives as well as in other lovely intimistic exfoliations -!) or the controversially sexy and slap-happy From Airline to Lifelines and even in some brightful solipsistic reveries such as the brilliant The Black Angels Love Song the tender french kissed Butterfly some witty listeners could hear echoes of French Teen Idol or Alex Gopher (...or at least the Alex Gopher emerging from his self-titled album!). A sort of new era even for satanic acid youth could have come... Brilliant workout!

Ascii.Disko: Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 13 2011
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Artist: Ascii.Disko
Title: Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact (@)
Rated: *****
The forth album from Daniel Gerhard Holc is basically a pop album, well curated, without any true invention, uninnovative in a certain way but is that sort of thing someone could listen for hours. "Horizon", as an example, is a classic up tempo song that is perfect during a trip in a car. "Goodbye 1305" is a slow, emotional tune based on a guitar riff. With "whitelines / blacklines" the road returns to happier moods. "Crystals and Knives" is an almost post-rock track while "the black angel love song" use even an organ without being too romantic. This album continue in his journey between up-tempo pop and romantic ballads until "outtro" surprise the listener (and the reviewer too): more than twenty minutes instrumental track made out of all experimental ideas of this record: after an synth intro similar to some John Carpenter's soundtrack is slowly evolve in a minimal, solar tune that slowly evolve as a quite summer day down ending this record with a quite guitar pulse.
In the end, this is solid pop album that reveals clear ideas of songwriting and a careful production work. Even if this is not an experimental milestone, it's the type of record that will last in my iPod for a long time.


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