Music Reviews



DEADBURGER : c' ancora vita su Marte

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
 Edit (3748)
Jun 21 2007
image not
available
anymore
Artist: DEADBURGER (@)
Title: c' ancora vita su Marte
Format: CD
Label: Goodfellas
Rated: *****
A weird cd for the average target of this webzine, but it's 2007 we're a bunch of good folks and we can take almost everything even if that doesn't imply you've to submerge our mailboxes of releases... honestly it's already too hard. This one is one of those releases sung in italian language with an unconventional "poppy" attitude, probably nothing intentionally mainstremam but Deadburger has all those characteristics that could push the band between the new italian indie sensation like it happened with Offlaga Disco Pax, Bluevertigo or Bugo. Being a "weird" (nor fish nor flash somehow) release, with that bit of irony and with electronics it also made me think to that masterpiece titled "Il cucchiaio infernale" that a while ago had shown the incredible talent of R.U.N.I (believe me, if this world was really round these guy with a record like that should have become rich). The first approach with "c'è ancora vita su marte" was so and so, but this an ok cd, I've been too quick to judge, infact this’ much smarter and more inspired than the many demential/ironic band looking for a chart-climber single. I don't think these guys have the chart-climber, but this effort is well done, well recorded and well produced, it reminded me of R.U.N.I., Devo, some Bluvertigo for the fact they all mix a bit of electronica with a indie-melodic-whatever-rock attitude. If it was still the end of Y2K this could have been on Consorzio Produttori Indipendenti for the fact it now follows the footsteps becoming the modern answer to Utsmamò and above all to Acid Folk Alleanza but also something of Cccp. Not my cup of tea but with some good points.



Ova Looven: Gravity Has Expired

 Posted by eskaton   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
 Edit (3740)
Jun 16 2007
cover
Artist: Ova Looven
Title: Gravity Has Expired
Format: 12"
Label: Artikal (@)
Rated: *****
Two words to describe this album: hell yeah! First off, the packaging for this record is very nice. Heavy black packaging and deep maroon vinyl cut for 45 speed on one side and 33 on the other. This is surprisingly good glitchy synthpop - nice droning atmospheres and heavily processed guitar mixed with subdued vocals. The glitchiness is not full on like Venetian Snares - if that’s what you’re looking for you’ll be disappointed. Ova Looven uses glitch as punctuation. The first time I heard it, I thought that the record had skipped. It is sometimes difficult to make out what the singer is saying, but I don’t think it matters much. It almost seems like the vocals are just another way to create the atmosphere. And atmosphere is what this album is all about. The tracks blend into each other to create a sense of unity. For those of us who like comparisons, here goes: take the tone of "Black Celebration"-era Depeche Mode, the heavily reverbed guitars of old Durutti Column and Cocteau Twins, add a dash of Frazier Chorus Brit-pop and a bit of glitch and you have Ova Looven. I would highly recommend this. Only one track wasn’t outstanding – "Fields of Lucid Trees" was a bit repetitive and not as interesting as the previous tracks, but that’s probably only because the other ones were so great. It’s limited to 500 copies, so drop them an email.

VEDETTE : s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
 Edit (3732)
Jun 14 2007
cover
Artist: VEDETTE (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Stilll
Rated: *****
Uuuuhhmmm weird release here, not experimental, but at the same time not your average copycat of this or that artist. Vedette is a duo dealing basically with a strange cocktail of ingredients, I’ve recognized Xiu Xiu, Nine Inch Nail (just they're ethereal pop side), 80's new wave pop, indie rock and it's hard to say what else. The music is really melodic but at the same time has that characteristical "out of tune" aroma that demonstrates Jamie Stewart and Stephen Malkmus were/are two geniuses. Sometimes you have a strong drumbeat, sometimes the vocals swim in an ocean of soft music like "They are only gardening". If you think you have all the elements you need wait a second more since it's time to add the x factor represented by Flaming Lips just to say this psychedelic deformed image of modern pop is complete. This' an interesting record for what I suppose it's a debut release, you identify many influences but you're far from a cheesy clone. The funny thing is that they also play with that lovely stupid computer game sounds that always bring my mind to Japan...who knows maybe Vedette can have lot's of chances there. I can't say I've appreciated all of the songs but this could be an hint they're unconventional.

ROTERSAND: 1023 (tentwentythree)

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
 Edit (3730)
Jun 13 2007
image not
available
anymore
Artist: ROTERSAND
Title: 1023 (tentwentythree)
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / Metropolis (@)
Distributor: Alive / Metropolis
Rated: *****
Third full-length album with a rather conspicuous title for this well-known German trio, which marks one of the summer highlights of the Dependent roster, licensed for sure to Metropolis-Records. Regarding the title, the band has explained that it was taken from a room number of a hotel in Chicago, where the band has stayed a night during their last years’ US tour. It happened after a spooky and eerie trip with the lift into the basement of this once luxurious, but nowadays rather forsaken hotel. Still consisting of the three professional musicians Rasc, Gun and Krischan, ROTERSAND could once again develop their wide-ranging musically output and prove their outstanding status. There’s much more behind this act than a simple reduction their musically abilities on the term Futurepop – elements out of EBM, Alternative, Pop-art and a constant Classic influence can be heard as well. Impressive songwriting and compositions, excellent arrangements, a charismatic male vocal performance – this all are the ingredients of this three very different musicians, which can unite into an emotional combination to form and perform ROTERSAND. Examples? The track "Lost" surprises with some slightly distorted bass lines and synth textures, while the song structure offers a marvelous change between straight and forward-moving to calm and harmonic – a piece full of contraries, but catchy as hell to satisfy feet and mind. "I Am With You" is a masterpiece of a ballad which offers opulent and addictive layer sounds. "I Cry" features a CURE-like acoustic guitar play as being the outstanding melodic content, while the mood of this track turns into depression. "Rushing", "Don’t Know" or "I Don’t Remember" are killer food to storm the dancefloors, often infiltrated with non-expected and detailed integrated effect textures. I can easily now continue with praising hymns on every other track as well – let’s say and be sure that this album doesn’t offer space for so-called filling stuff. ROTERSAND have again set the measuring bar one slot higher and nobody will ever talk again on their last album "Welcome To Goodbye", since this new one is so much more excessive and brilliant.

TRANSISTOR6: Demo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
 Edit (3709)
Jun 07 2007
cover
Artist: TRANSISTOR6 (@)
Title: Demo
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Formed by Claus Collstrup and Kira Li, Transistor6 sent me their new demo which contains five new tracks. Their style combine both smooth atmosphere and harsh sounds thanks to the warm vocals provided by Kira and to the ambient industrial e.b.m. atmosphere created by Claus. On Transistor6 you can find ambient electronic elements as well as some e.b.m. sound, everything blend to form a cinematic and dramatic soundtrack. If you check the closing instrumental version of "Resonator" it will be easier for you to understand what I mean. Kira is a good performer (she also teach vocal technique) and she enrich the interesting textures of the tracks. They are looking for a label, meanwhile check them at www.myspace.com/transistor6


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha