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TERMINAL BLISS: The Art of Seduction

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 27 2005
Title: The Art of Seduction
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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TERMINAL BLISS play a music between electronic and rock, distinguished by the sweetness and softness of atmospheres and voice. In some songs they show also a more aggressive approach, such as in "Dirty Mind", where fat synths and guitars attack your ears, or in "Now is the Time", more danceable and involving. Listening to their "The art of seduction" emerges a band taking inspiration from DEPECHE MODE, above all, but with a personal attitude and a range of influences that make both melodies and compositions a good example of what a good band can offer. Some songs, such as "Take it", echo with citations from PINK FLOYD, in particular from the first period, and THE CURE. This, far from being a negative thing, is a proof that they have been taught by the best bands in rock scene. Rhythm section has for the most part a sound between trip-hop and dub, sometimes a techno beat, and this, united to the progressive electronic synths, gives a perpetual sense of being in a dream, or under water. You have to listen to their music completely relaxed, with closed eyes, for they have to catch you and show the path to the Knowledge. Some of you will stand up and dance conscienceless, other will fly cherished by sounds and lyrics, a real eye on everybody’s life. The only thing, in my opinion, the band has to take care of, apart from the natural evolution, is the voice. Even if the singer Daniel Cain has a more dramatic approach and a sharper timbre, many times I thought I was listening to Dave Gahan. Yet, sometimes a more varied approach would give more energy to the songs. Buy it and see them live.

FINESSE AND RUNAWAY: Finesse And Runaway

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 05 2005
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Title: Finesse And Runaway
Format: CD
Label: Schematic (@)
Rated: *****
Finesse and Runway is the joint project of Miami natives Dino Felipe (already active on Schematic with solo releases) and Melba Payes and their self titled CD is their first album. Immediately at a first listening the tracks sounds fresh, energetic, musically kinky just like the good stuff, back in the '80s (like the lushy Soft Cell songs). Even if Finesse and Runaway sound is son of punk, electronic just like a good mixture of USA punk (Crime, maybe could be the right name for their attitude) and The Normal (do you know their unique and basilar 1978 single "Warm Leatherette"?) but Dino and Melba know very well how to mix experimental solutions with melodic impetuosity and a little bit of disco fashion. The result is really convincing me and if you have just bought your copy of the last Le Tigre album (just like me) asking yourselves were all the energy and ideas went, try this album. There aren't guitars but tracks like "Steam n' suds" or "New materials" will convince you to try something more varied and full of good intuitions. Finesse and Runaway aren't the quintessence of pop but if you also dig bands like Adult, this could be the right move!

Provision: Visualize

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 13 2004
Artist: Provision (@)
Title: Visualize
Format: CD
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Rated: *****
"Visualize" is Provision new debut album a follow-up from their previous critical acclaimed "Evaporate". Breye & Co. really knows how to make wonderful synth-pop music. The music is energetic, fun, full of tension, up tempo, bouncy, well sequenced, and very well written. Breye's voice is filled with strong emotions and feeling. An enjoyable album to listen to. Not one track on disc can be ignore. Now I can see why it was the best seller on A Different Drum label. Provision is brilliant when comes recording, producing, and mixing. I heard so much about their live performance at clubs and music festivals. Hopefully I get a chance to see them live and give them a godly bow for making good synth-pop music. The disc also comes with a bonus cd that feature remixes from different artists; Cloudless, Rename, Glow, Fr/Action, Hajas and Halovox; and two B-side tracks; "Insecurity" and "Replicate". Provision songs varies on many subjects that is emotionally touching. "Visualize" is defined well-crafted and danceable.

Disc 1

1. Could've Had It All
2. Obsession
3. Untrue
4. Obvious
5. Each Second Suffering
6. Chemistry
7. Visualize
8. Illusion
9. Neverending
10. Destiny
11. Intruder
12. Flood Of Emotion

Disc 2

1. Insecurity
2. Could've Had It All (Cloudless Mix)
3. Replicate
4. Flood Of Emotion (Rename Mix)
5. Untrue (Glow Mix)
6. Obvious (Fr/Action Mix)
7. Visualize (Hajas Mix)
8. Each Second Suffering (Halovox Mix)

ECHO US: Echo Us

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 10 2004
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Artist: ECHO US (@)
Title: Echo Us
Format: CD
Label: Absolute Probability (@)
Rated: *****
Echo US self titled album is the second full lenght of Ethan Matthews. Even though Ethan is only 25 the tracks mix typical melodies of '80s music (his pop taste recalled me a lot bands like Japan, A Flock Of Seagulls and Frankie Goes To Hollywood) with trance, ambient and modern electronic arrangements. For example "Her heart's army/White wednesday" has got elements of dance electronic along with vocals a la Holly Johnson on the first part while the second part is an ambient track just to form an 11 minutes long song full of good moments. Production and sounds are kinda amatorial but they don't ruin the goodness of the tracks (I appreciated most of them and liked at least half of them). There are also powerful guitar arrangements on "I radiate I" but sometimes the mix creates a little of confusion and this is a pity. Just a little more of sound production and Echo Us would be ready to spread its mix of pop dark melodies to a wider audience.

Little Tin Box: Action Music

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 04 2004
Artist: Little Tin Box (@)
Title: Action Music
Format: CD
Label: Latex Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Action Music" is the second sequel in a trilogy of Little Tin Box releases gathered together under the title "The Event", in which the electronic-pop husband and wife duo sound can be used for a Life Time cable television for women movie soundtrack. A beautiful cd this is. Songs about love & verbal confrontation. The character in the songs is about a woman who's explaining how she's feeling. This is a drama for your melodrama album. Ethereal vocals from Kelly brings out her deep emotions on the tracks, while Charles constructs the beautiful catchy dramatic melodies that is often with piano accompaniment. The disc kicks off with the anthem "Opening Theme". Some of the tracks are mid-tempo to the fast tempo. "A Couple Of Changes", "Drive", "Dwell", "Romantic", "Warning Shot" and "Seek" is a powerful thought provoking interesting complex piece that is brilliant and the relaxed of time signatures and synth counterpoints. The drum 'n' bass "This Dance" is definitely a hard-hitting romantic love club track that even blends with a classical piano Charles playing. Little Tin Box veers from standard to complex electro-pop style. Kelly & Charles Sadler make a good team by producing exciting, though rough around the edges, promising and a flawless album that is a challenge for them. They're certainly not an average electronic-pop band either. They are way beyond that. LTB can convert a drama/melodrama soundtrack with dance music. So try to supplement them for your daily intake of electronic-pop with a regular dose of the beauty of piano classical/easy listening music now and again and enjoy it.

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