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Provision: Evaporate

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 10 2003
Artist: Provision (@)
Title: Evaporate
Format: CD
Label: Self Release (@)
Distributor: MP3
Provision consists of four machines programmers; Matt Coker-vox, synths, lyrics; Leslie Hyman-Lead synths, programming, lyrics; and the husband and wife, Breye Kyzer-percussion, programming, lead vox, lyrics; Katie Kyzer-synths, vox, lyrics. One of the most innovative electronic acts in America, who has performed as an opening act for Red Flag ( who mastered the band's debut release), Anything Box, Imperative Reaction, and Cut.Rate.Box. Their first release 'Evaporate' shows alot of intense vocals, intricate analog programming and expressive percussion. Lyrics so passionate and so emotional which talks about love, lust, trust, lies, betrayal, deception and society. Every track will make you dance without skipping a beat. You'll enjoy tracks "In Love", "This Moment", "Lies", "Memories", "My Only Question", "Devotion" and the self-titled "Evaporate". This Houston, Texas electro act reminds me of 80's electronic pioneer Information Society, but the band have their own unique full-filling sound while other electronic bands are copying from others. "Evaporate" is filled with energetic dance floor pounding beats going at the rate from 116-135 bpm (beat per minute). Provision provides a brilliant 100% pure synth-pop dance album that features 12 tracks so captivating with an futuristic edge.

I SATELLITE: Auto:matic

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 06 2003
Title: Auto:matic
Format: CD
Label: Omeganaut
I Satellite is a project headed by Rod Macquarrie. Unfortunately I've got no addictional informations about the guy and his website is still waiting for the final touch so it can't be helpful either. Anyway, from what I can hear his heros are people like Gary Numan (good his "I Want you" that makes me remember good tunes like "Music For Chameleons") and various classical influences such as Kraftwerk (see for example the instrumental "Retropolis") or sometimes echoes of Howard Jones along all the good 80's electro wave that made my day in those years. His sound is based on analog gear (the various Jupiter and Juno series along with Oberheim synthesizers and Roland old drum machines plus tons of other stuff) with the classical square wave sounds with those cool sweep fading sounds. As general atmosphere AUTO:MATIC sounds like a record produced at the end of the 70's and maybe if better produced the CD would sound a little more powerful but songs like "Automat", "Where In The World", "Out Of Space" and the already mentioned "I Want You" are good in any case without caring about sound production or else. Listening to this album you'll get that sense of dreamy science fiction mixed with pop that made you love the same heroes that Rod loves, so if it isn't clear enough, this is worth a check. Got it? ;-)

VV.AA: Synth-pop For A Darkened Room

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 03 2003
Artist: VV.AA
Title: Synth-pop For A Darkened Room
Format: CD
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
This is a new synthpop compilation put together by Todd Durrant, the man who's behind A Different Drum label. New electro acts for the new generation has taken synth-pop to another level and continued the tradition where the 80's pioneers left off. The compilation album features some of the greatest underground acts who have the potential to create their own electronic music in various texture of styles, forms, and soundscapes such as bands like WAVE IN HEAD, B! Machine, Moulin Noir, Cosmicity, Merge, Voice Industrie, Virtual Server, Neuropa, and New Clear Sky. Just to name a few. Spiritual, strong and tense emotions, and catchy melodies can be heard coming from the sound of cold machines. Hear the songs of love, happiness, loneliness, sadness, and despair with electro rhythms that will make you dance and allow you to think in solitude of silence that will inspire you and soothe your soul.

SubSonic Symphonee: Images

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 04 2003
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Artist: SubSonic Symphonee (@)
Title: Images
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: KDP Music Group (@)
Distributor: Automatic Distribution
SubSonic Symphonee is an Australian 8-piece who give us a little teaser preview of their forthcoming album "eXtreme eVolution" with this "Images" single, featuring the title track in six versions plus a video clip."Images", the song itself, is a pretty good electronic piece, with nice editing and a fast pace. A little bit of rough and lead guitars giving it that heavy edge, nice sounds, strong hammering beats, melodic and untreated vocals (a refreshing change), parts with female vocals and loops or darker synth layers... The end result is a pleasing example of a well done blend of electronics, techno, dark, synthpop and goth-metal.After the original and the radio edit, there are four clubby remix versions by Robert Cross, Dj Acid Reign, Dj TonyC and Dj Killavirus. With the first three remix versions you can totally get it on in venues with busy dancefloors and folks that love pounding beats. The last remix version is more into a sort of minimal trip-hop/dub thing of its own.

Wolfsheim: Casting Shadows

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 24 2003
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Artist: Wolfsheim
Title: Casting Shadows
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (USA) Strangeways (Germany)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
After being introduced to Wolfsheim a couple of years ago via the Subout compilation, I started loving them immediately. But after buying Spectators’ and countless rounds of Kunstliche Welten" (Artificial Worlds) on my CD player, I sat wondering what would be in store on the next CD. More dance floor fillers like "Once In A Lifetime"? More ballads ala "Popkiller"? This one is a definite step forward, tossing away danceablility in favor of structure and disciplined playing, opting more for more subtle shifting sounds rather than the dynamic synth tour de force of past work. The way the synth patterns, along with bleeps and digital sounds, is one more to get your mind to dancing than your feet. And yes, classical "my baby hurt me" fare awaits, which normally I would complain about after 4 or 5 CDs of it, but it’s the one thing that can fit such music perfectly. "Kein Zuruch" is the high point here, an absolutely gorgeous song, with Peter’s vocals riding high and beautifully, using his charming style of German to carry just as much weight as the music itself. Their German songs always blow me back, such as "Kunstliche Welten" particularly their version with the Prague Philharmonic on the single. For those looking for another Spectators’ look elsewhere. For those looking for a group who may well carry the torch for a new generation of electro-pop, with an extraordinary sense of musical beauty, look no further than this CD. It is fucking marvelous, simply put, taking it's place with Alphaville's "Salvation" and Evil's Toy's "Silvertears" as one of my fave synthpop CDs. Rating: 10. If you can get your hands on a copy of the 2 disc copy of this CD, go for it! Also recommended are And One, Anything Box, Psyche, and of course Kraftwerk (to whom this is rather comparable).

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