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DIORAMA: Repale

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 21 2005
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Artist: DIORAMA (@)
Title: Repale
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Not really a complete new CD by the German Electro-/Wave act DIORAMA, more a kind of collection of unreleased tracks recorded during some studio sessions, rare pieces, or remix works are featured here. "Repale" offers an excellent insight view of the band’s work ranging from real Futurepop anthems like "Drowned" or "Contradictive (yes = no version)" up to the both remix works done by KARTAGON ("Logic Friends") and FROZEN PLASMA ("Friends We Used To Know"). Also some slight Electro/EBM tunes are here with "The Girls (Bombay Overdose version)" or with "The Rich Are All Perverted" and both can satisfy. I must say that I am quite impressed how strong their compositions are and how easy they are able to realize their musically vision into listen-able tunes. The whole album gets never boring, it’s moreover a strong monument of the music of this introvert duo. Highlight of this almost 80 minutes long masterpiece is the "Chamber Version" of "Leaving Hollywood" where they place a fine melodic piano line with smooth vocals – a track you won’t forget already after the first listen! There are not too many releases out of this music genre which get consumed over and over again – and also my "outer-scene" wife likes it a lot! I think there can’t be any better words to describe how marvelous this release is!
Dec 15 2005
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Artist: FATHER MURPHY (@)
Title: Six musicians getting unknown
Format: CD
Label: Madcap collective (@)
Rated: *****
"C'mon brothers and sisters, it's sermon time with Father Murphy!!", don't worry this' a band and their only religion is music, for God sake it has nothing to do with any kind of church. "Six musicians getting unknown" is full of indie/alternative folk influences, when playing acoustic they have a lot of Modest Mouse (track 6) or remind their side project called Ugly Casanova. As you can imagine the equation is: "folk-rock", "alternative-rock" with an eye open on american roots. The songwriting sometimes is incredibly good and arrngements such as backing vocals, violins, keyboards don't hide too much the genuine "acustic-rock" style of the tracks. Father Murphy (aka Federico Zanatta plus some boys and girls from the Mad Cap collective) knows pretty well where he's coming and above all where he's headed, despite the songs pass from the depressed ballad to the rock hit, the sound is tight and homogeneous. Probably I'm boring but one of my favourite track of the lot is the last one (I'm talking about the hidden one) that's probably the weirdest track of the record: a real acid pearl a la Radiohead (Pink Floyd!?), that means an effected vocals that floats on a of single note reverbed drone with feedbacks fading distantly. Father's sin is indie music.

TYING TIFFANY: Undercover

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 14 2005
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Artist: TYING TIFFANY (@)
Title: Undercover
Format: CD
Label: Suoni Di Jato (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
With punk attitude and electro impetuosity Tying Tiffany pack, with the help of Lorenzo Montana' (one of the label Suoni Di Jato's bosses), thirty minutes of raw ironic music. The thirteen songs (most of them are short ones that hardly have a lenght of three minutes) sound simple and direct like punk anthems and some of them show a really ironic edge. Songs like "LCD Soundsystem is playing at my house", "I wanna be your mp3" or "Telekoma" show really well this side: with the use of titles linked with other bands (LCD Soundsystem or Stooges) or with "Telekoma"'s fifty seconds craziness where gabber rhythms are mixed with toy sounds. Guitars, analog sounds, samples are well mixed and they create catchy songs. At a first listening the sound could seems really simple but after few times you realize that it sounds simple because Lorenzo did a good production job. Tying Tiffany is a multifaceted person which beside playing music and djing she also modeled for a book and she acted into "La lingua del santo" movie. If you are in need of half hour of electro punk music with a dance attitude, try this one!

DUBOK: Shiver

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 12 2005
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Artist: DUBOK (@)
Title: Shiver
Format: CD
Label: Mizukis Box (@)
Rated: *****
The new US label Mizukis Box sets a first strong exclamation mark with the release of the new and long-awaited DUBOK CD "Shiver". DUBOK, previously recording for the now defunct Tinman label, have found a new label home – a bit surprising, because I really thought they could enter a better known and longer active label after their highly recognized past releases on Tinman. But with more releases like this new "Shiver" CD, the label Mizukis Box will get worldwide attention and success. DUBOK go on in their special style, combining modern Synthpop anthems with danceable rhythms, while not forgetting some 80ies influences here and there. Almost all of the presented 10 tracks here can be called ear-catching and offer some nice melodic ideas while not sounding like often heard before. For the lyrics – well, some tracks here offer some heart-broken content about lost relations or never replied enthusiasms ("For the Throat", "Natalie’s Song"). These mentioned pieces I would call as the strongest moments here, as well as the ballad-like "Left Behind". Full of variations and emotions are also the very well placed vocals – another good point in the music of this 4-men act. This full-length CD is an outstanding release for the young label Mizukis box and a perfect continuing release in the discography of DUBOK. Well placed and produced Synthpop music with an intelligent note – this should easily enter some "best of the best 2005" Synthpop compilations. Get it and order this release directly from the labels’ website.

ReActivate: ReActivate Your Mind

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 10 2005
Artist: ReActivate (@)
Title: ReActivate Your Mind
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Product Records (@)
Distributor: Epopland
Rated: *****
Another excellent release from Synthetic Product Records. ReActivate debut "ReActivate Your Mind" is a well produced killer album with infectious beats and constructed synthesizers with catchy melody hooks, emotional lyrics with strong feelings that dominate the album. The songs on this album will surely take the audience on a complete emotive spellbound journey. A majestic futurepop/synthpop club vibration that will lull you to the dance floor. Non-stop electronic dance tracks that's highly provoking, addictive, danceable and splendid hypnotic. Favorites include "No Way Out", "Star Driver", "Last Wishes", "ReActivate Your Mind", "Dream In Silence", and "Lebenssinn", which is sung in the band's original German language. ReActivate wants the music lovers to know that don't let the government, anyone, radio, and the record companies who put out bogus & lame music to change their mind/way of thinking. Everyone is value to their own opinion and listen to whatever they want and makes them happy. So ReActivate your mind! Pick up this cd. Synthpop fans will surely enjoy it!


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