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Harald Bosh: Die Sonne scheint für alle umsonst

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 08 2006
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Artist: Harald Bosh
Title: Die Sonne scheint für alle umsonst
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dercho Music (@)
Distributor: Oomoxx Media
Rated: *****
We welcome with Dercho Music a German mail order service on front of the scene by presenting the debut SiCD of Harald Bosh a first audio sign of life. This 3-track release is musically based into the Synthpop-genre and provides Harald’s theatrically deep-male vocals on some music efforts by a person active under the moniker D.W.R. 2009. It isn’t that sweet and catchy kind of Synthpop, it moreover transmits a strong impression of some Wave/Romantic acts out of the good old 80ties. And also Harald’s vocals are not presented and recorded in a bedroom pitch. The lyrics are completely presented in German, but with a "horrible" Russian accent – it causes at times a smile on my face, and I really have to listen carefully to grab the content. He’s born in Omsk, Siberia/Russia and his father is half-Italian, while his mother is German-Russian – this facts for sure explain his intonation and dialect. Also his classic vocal training and his appearance at the Russian theatre has an influence here, especially when he tries a more dramatic kind, which can be checked with the third track "Doppelte Rechnung". Hard to judge on this artist with only 3 tracks, I also guess that he would earn much more attention with some concerts. A full-length release is already announced with the same title than this Single-CD which works as an appetizer. Globally and hand-crafting a constant good work, let’s wait and see what the coming album has to offer.
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Artist: THE MERCY CAGE (@)
Title: Scree: Transmissions
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Before some etlitic people start complaining that this release isn’t really new, lets mention that New Zealand’s finest act now is a member of the Australian Crash Frequency collective. Indeed – this is a required and welcomed addition, this also explains, why I received this release to my surprise directly from the band. The display of my Discman shows me 23 tracks and more than 70 minutes playing time – damnit, that’s a lot of stuff to discover here. THE MERCY CAGE also do themselves the best to a offer a varied acoustic experience and provide a wide diversity of different music styles. Influences are pending between Electro/Industrial, Synth-/Futurepop, Gothic/Wave up to classic Coldwave Industrial following some famous US patterns. Globally they remind me on some decades of the US act SPAHN RANCH. It seems a bit that they try to represent with their diversity also the different flavors and cultural influences of their home-country. Favorites are hard to named, because this depends on your personal taste. For me "Reduce.Distill.Purify.Teach" really hits the target, maybe the track with a constant huge Electro/Industrial influence. There’s still the unsolved secret, why this release got not released by BLC Productions as intended, but I don’t wanna go on to spread some salt into open wounds. A nice full-length release available and presented by the DSBP, give it a try. We’re gonna wait for new stuff, by the way...

MARK LANE: Inner Most Folds

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 06 2006
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Artist: MARK LANE (@)
Title: Inner Most Folds
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Editions Mark Lane
Rated: *****
Mark Lane released his latest CD two years ago, when Metawave printed the "Creepy a la weepy" CD. After two years he come back just in time to celebrate his 25th anniversary as a musician. This celebration include the release of three different things: a MCD titled INNER MOST FOLDS (this one), a 7" (including a different mix of "Elephant" plus "Atomium", a non CD track) and a 24 tracks double CD compilation with classic, rare and unreleased tracks. INNER MOST FOLDS MCD has four tracks and on this one Mark’s style span through dramatic electronic instrumental pieces (the main track), tracks similar to John Foxx of the "Golden section" period but with a massive use of string sounds ("The wealth of experience" is the one), and tracks like "Halcyon sentimental" that melodically sounds like John Foxx singing a Gary Numan’s song (but Mark’s vocals make it turn into a fresh electro wave tune). The closing tune is an instrumental version of "Elephant" and it’s the one that is less catching my attention, maybe because being without vocals it is less efficient but it is a nice track anyway. I liked this release as well I liked the old one so, at this point... let’s celebrate!
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Elaste Vol.1 - Slow Motion Disco
Format: CD
Label: Compost Records (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****

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On late 70s / early 80s Italy was living an economical recession and also the social climax was tense. Red brigades, workers’ strikes and political changes were the common headlines of the newspapers (things seem didn’t change that much, huh?). Music was also changing radically with the born of punk and the death of big rock bands. Also dance music was affected by a wave of fresh air and styles were fading one into the other. If you check bands like The Giants, Rockets (with their major hits "Electric delight" or "Galactica") or "Dinasty" by Kiss you’ll realize that also rock music was fascinated by dance music of the likes of Diana Ross (is it a case if she had been Gene Simmons’ girlfriend for a while?), Barry White or Earth Wind & Fire. Dance halls where places where people were consuming their Saturday rite and Baia Degli Angeli in Rimini was Italy’s famous place. After its closing (due for drug reasons) DJ Daniele Baldelli decided to propose the same innovative sounds founding a new club: Cosmic. Here new genres born. Italodisco, Cosmic or Afrofunky were few of them and mixing Krautrock, Industrial or Funk wasn’t a problem at all. Nowadays DJ Mooner (member of Zombie Nation, Hart Of Noise, Zombocombo and owner of the Erkrankung label) decided to revive the genre by compiling an album of those records that defined the Cosmic way of spinning records. Tracks that had 80-105 BPM rhythms (for this reason the compilation is titled "Slow motion disco") and that blended synth spacey tunes, funky rhythms and rock melodies. The eleven tracks included have been released through the 1978/1984 period and along with well known 80’s bands such as Chris & Cosey (here included with "This is me" from their "Heartbeat" album) and Heaven 17 (you can find their "I’m you money" coming from their 12" released just before "Penthouse & Pavement") you can find The Rah Band (with their particular afro funky instrumental "Electric fling"), Clive Stevens & Brainchild ("Mistery mix – remix" is their track. This is really 80’s space rock also because searching with Google about Clive Stevens I read that he was fond on ufology), Love International ("Dance on the groove – and do the funk" is their funky hymn), Doctor’s Cat (here included a DJ Mooner edit of their "Crash", a tune sounding like a Chinese electro pop tune. Taken from their album "Gee Wiz", released by Discotto on 1984), Logic System (Hideki Matsutake, collaborator with Yellow Magic Orchestra, produced different albums with this moniker and "Clash – Chinjyu if sun" is his tribute to robotic space electronica), Memory Control One (M. Noe mix of their track "Basic", Beppe Loda created the track with Francesco Boscolo and he describe their style as Italo Synth), Peru (an electro instrumental electro easy listening tune titled "Oriental"), Eloy ("Horizons" is the track picked up for this German band of dancey progressive rock with female choruses like vocals) close the compilation a track by Chocolate Star titled "The pop", a sort of experimental funky tune with a bass and bottles as percussions. Even if I am an Italian guy, this compilation is a great discover and I suggest you to check out these great and sometimes particular tunes!

SEABOUND: Double-Crosser

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 04 2006
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Artist: SEABOUND (@)
Title: Double-Crosser
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Before I received the new full-length album of one of Germany’s Synth-/Futurepop-based leaders I could already read some first comments complaining that the new SEABOUND stuff wouldn’t be catchy and danceable enough in comparison to previous works of this act. Now, after listening several times to this new album, I must say, that the overall concept behind this album may doesn’t allow to sing about "sunshine-and-cutie-chicks" and to produce stuff which melodic content can grab attention. Professor of psychology, Frank M. Spinath here dissects lyrically in several parts his vision of betrayal and deception of the human mind – for me obviously, that all the "fun" is left out. Like on almost all works I’ve discovered so far from him, I really think, that his knowledge or wisdom he extracts with his music goes deeper, than what he may can read or has learned from his textbooks. If it depends on a simple autumn depression ("October Song", damned – an extendet version of this fine tune is required!!!) or up to breeding hate ("Traitor") doesn’t play a role – his efforts here seem to be a cure for him, also from personal experiences. Therefore it fits that the music produced by Martin Vorbrodt mostly doesn’t follow already known paths, I would qualify this new output being a subtle mixture between Synth-/Futurepop with Dark Electro, while not sliding into crude EBM attitudes. The arrangements are – as usual – fine and detailed worked out, some pieces really offer a spacey feeling thanks to rich included layer sounds ("Sapphire"). I agree with the included info sheet that with this release the acceptance and the success of SEABOUND internationally will grow - also the fact that Eskil Simonsson of the Swedish act COVENANT has produced two tracks is another proof of this. This is one of the fine Dependent releases, which made this label that sought-after - not too commercial-oriented and with the right sense for quality and rich art. Go out, and try hard to get the limited DCD edition featuring extra remix works by COVENANT, ROTERSAND and O. Wollschläger.


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