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DEKAD: Confidential Tears

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 10 2008
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Artist: DEKAD (@)
Title: Confidential Tears
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After two years from their debut album "Sin Lab", Dekad are back with a new one titled CONFIDENTIAL TEARS. As you can check into my review of their previous one, I already appreciated their style in balance from synthpop and electropop. On this new one, Dekad, enhanced their writing skills and produced a real good album which sounds homogeneous and solid from the first listening. "Dive", which you can listen to by downloading it from their website, for example, shows really well how good their songwriting is nowadays: catchy melodies, upbeat tempo and a bit of dance attitude. Balancing the track-list with electro ballads with a strong rhythm section and upbeat tracks having, as the first ones, good melodies, the French trio is able now to gather a worldwide following, inheriting also the Gahan fans who aren't satisfied by his recent album which sounds too melancholic and fresh less.

HARALD BOSH: Die Sonne Scheint Fur Alle Umsonst

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 06 2008
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Artist: HARALD BOSH
Title: Die Sonne Scheint Fur Alle Umsonst
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Dercho Music (@)
Rated: *****
For the fist album of the Siberian born electro pop act Harald Bosh, his label Dercho Music decided to do big things. They produced a digipack CD with a bonus DVD containing the same track list plus some extras. Musically what Harald calls epic electro pop isn't bad even if some atmospheres/ideas tend to be recycled within the album length. Basically his music sounds as a blend of slow/mid tempo future pop (with semi e.b.m. rhythmic section) and melancholic electro pop with an epic edge (thanks to some little orchestration solutions and to the Harald vocals). The DVD instead isn't that thrilling as some catchy melodies on the CD. You'll ask me why, since it contains exactly the same songs. Well, the DVD contains a fake concert held on a stage with basic lighting and Harald sings while a guy stands behind the synthesizers. The video has a basic diction with zoom in and zoom outs and the extras show Harald at the Munich airport, in Stuttgard or working in the studio. Unfortunately the DVD hasn't any subtitle so if you don't understand German language there's no chance into joining the contents. P.s. Basically I'm confirming the review that Marc Tater did some months ago. The album contains nice music (some songs more than others) but the other contents needed a better production.

DREAM DISCO: Take Me Home

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 31 2007
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Artist: DREAM DISCO
Title: Take Me Home
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Initially reported by me as coming from Milan (that's what is written on their Myspace page), Dream Disco is the project of Rotterdam based producer Dj Overdose. After three months from the previous two songs 12" TAKE ME HOME brings to the lovers of italo disco music a new good track which is confirming the ability of Dj Overdose of creating catchy tunes which don't require multi layered structures or particular tricks. The new tune is one of these which couple the old tune "In your eyes" which is here present with three versions: the original and two remixes ("DJ Technician RMX" and "Speculator RMX"). I really appreciated the latter one as it preserve the charm of the original version but it dilate it and give to it a new semi melancholic 80's vein that works really well. The first remix, instead is more true to the original track and for this reason is nice but not indispensable to me. The same goes for the "Dubstrumental" version of the title track. On my CD-r promo there's also an instrumental version of "Take me home" but since it isn't reported into the promo sheet or into Das Drehmoment website I don't know if it is a sort of ghost track...
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro Arc Compilation Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Electro Arc (@)
Distributor: Nur Medien GmbH
Rated: *****
Third chapter of this Germany-based compilation series again compiled by Intrendent and ready to save a decent X-mas celebration. There’s one problem I’ve got with this comp, because it features my own music project with an appearance. I of course can’t review my own music efforts and it should be understandable if I leave a mantle of silence on it. However, it is also my "job" to write a review on this release and I hope that all of the featured artists have a sense of support for this. As usual for the "Electro-Arc" series, this third volume comes out musically quite diverse by discovering several styles and tendencies. It once again concentrates to collect only a few better known artists and several underground acts. The UK-based ATTRITION are sort of veterans and active since more than 20 years. Their track is a straight Tech-Dance piece accomplished with several voice samples. Also the Belgian-based project IC 434 aka Geert De Wilde is one of the better known and rather old-school EBM-like acts here. He offers with a Re-Take of the track "Ferghana" a first new audio sign of life, which will hopefully soon continue with a new full-length album. Oh, and Belgium has to be named here, because this compilation got compiled with the intention to collect the most appearances hailing out of this small European country – maybe to check and see, what the heirs of legends like FRONT 242, SIGNAL AOUT 42, NEON JUDGEMENT and others are capable to offer. I don’t know from where TRANSTECH are hailing, however, their track is another straight and danceable tune with some decent vocoder effects. DHARMATA 101 then stands for the international guests, because they are hailing out of the United States. Stylistically they’re sitting in between the chairs be offering a mixture out of Industrial, Electronica and Goth-elements. Their track "Outline (Of My Shadow)" is a quite good composition featuring a fair amount of acoustic guitars, Metal-guitar riffs and decent Electronic textures, while the natural sounding vocals need some more spins to earn acceptance. DEVOTED SYMBOLS then switch back to harder EBM a bit comparable with some up-to-date productions of SUICIDE COMMANDO. Also RECON are pretty much dedicated to EBM, but rather in a minimal style, while the vocals – as simple as the lyrics are – reminding hard on Claus Kruse of the German act PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE. It follows with HYBRIDS (Daft Records, ant-zen) another better known act by offering a live recording, which turns this comp into a more experimental field. The best appearance got provided by the German duo NORDSCHLACHT, which we had recently presented with the release of their highly recommended debut "Silence, Beauty And Cruelty" (Klangdynamik Records). "Facts" is multi-layered Dark Electro in perfect conditions, danceable, but still with the sense to offer opulent synth pads. Another good thing on this track – it isn’t available on their debut! SOLANACEAE TAU then offers a Goth-inspired work with mighty guitars and a female vocal performance, while BODY POLITICS offer a metallic live old-school EBM performance. Both last appearances on this comp got provided by the Belgian musician Peter Bonne with his both projects LINEAR MOVEMENTS and TWILIGHT RITUAL, which is again an excursion into some 80-like Italo-Pop/Wave-music culture. I may was expecting a more detailed presentation on some up and coming talents of the Belgian EBM-scene – in case there is one – where the fuck are IONIC VISION or DARKMEN for example? However, this compilation collects a lot of new talents and some older heroes as well, while the predecessor rather Dark Electro-inspired volume 2 of this series is still the favorite.

1. Attrition – The head of Gabriel (Pablo sonic terrorist mix)
2. Synaptic Defect – Devouring Hate (Electro d'Arc Mix)
3. IC 434 – Ferghana (Re-Take)
4. Transtech – Satellite
5. dharmata 101 – Outline (Of My Shadows)
6. Devoted Symbols – Hush
7. Recon – Rise of the dead
8. Hybryds – Babel (Live Paris)
9. Nostromo 7 – Longing
10. Nordschlacht – Facts
11. Solanaceae Tau – Riots lullaby
12. Body Politics – Lust (Live)
13. Linear Movement – To Another Soul
14. Twilight Ritual – Delay

I, Synthesist: Art Of Survival

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 29 2007
Artist: I, Synthesist (@)
Title: Art Of Survival
Format: CD
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
Ah, another striking synth-pop record by I, Synthesist. This time the one man electronic act, Chris Ianuzzi, composed and mixed ambient and experimental tracks. Very handy with craftsmanship and scientific basis with science and technology. This New Yorker have the ability to combine both. A super genius this guy is. The title of the album is natural phenomenon and represents the whole conception of the record. Wonderfully a combination of 80's and modern synth-pop. So inspiring and interesting. This sophomore release has the potential to keep the the listener's ears open, even Chris voice fit perfectly right with the songs. I like the way he sings. Reminded me of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Whether he's singing in a sense of humor or seriousness form, I find his singing abstract, but unique. Synth melodies catchy, creating a dreamy and a mysterious atmosphere that will draw you in. The final track "The Overlook", which closes the album is a 20 minute ambient soundscape instrumental piece that will go great to a sci-fi movie or a science or space documentary. The "Art Of Survival" is surely another surefooted winner that glows with just enough charm and melodic magic and dancefloor beats to keep your feet tapping and dancing. I, Synthesist has achieved successfully producing an outstanding progressive electro record. Each song takes on its own personality with distinctive lyrics, which steadily varies in a different mood. Delightfully overwhelming and impressive!

Tracklistings:

1. Art Of Survival
2. Telepathy
3. Don't Belong
4. Time Machine
5. Anthems
6. Moon Song
7. Paradise
8. Blue Jets
9. Pieces
10. Waterfall
11. The Overlook


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