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Aalacho: Electro

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 27 2004
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Artist: Aalacho (@)
Title: Electro
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Seattle-based struggling solo musician/producer/writer Nathan Scott, a.k.a. Aalacho, comes from previous rock experiences in his hometown of Detroit but, except for occasional guitar arrangements here and there, he doesn't let much of that bleed through the eight tracks of his second album "Electro", to be (self-)released August 17th. "Electro" is an appropriate name to describe this half-hour short full length album and its content. Entirely recorded on Mac's Emagic Logic 6 Platinum, the seven tracks contained herein (among which there is a Felix da Houscat mix and a cover version of Beatles' "Ticket to Ride") sport a pretty funky and happy blend of indie-electronics with pop vocals, guitar arpeggios and licks and electroclash beats and some influences from the past surfacing at times. The album features some guest musicians from bands such as Tryst, The Davenports, Jasper the Cat, The Vacants and a bunch of indie vocalists. Let yourself be lifted off the ground, just as the cover might subliminaly be suggesting... ;-)

MINERVE: Breathing Avenue

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 18 2004
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Artist: MINERVE (@)
Title: Breathing Avenue
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Rated: *****

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Born as a Pandaimonium sublabel dedicated to electro music Pandailectric in the last year grew really fast and in about a year they released about eight CDs. Minerve is one of their bands and it is formed by two members of Paradise Of Fear: Daniel Wollatz and Mathias Thurk. BREATHING AVENUE contains eleven tracks full of pathos and melody which mix gothic atmospheres with electronic sounds and synthpop structures. Daniel's deep voice and the melancholic melodies match in a good way the structure created by Mathias and tracks like "Antimatter", "Falling", "Afraid of myself", "Merge" and "High pitched emotions" shows really well the core of the project with their upbeat tempo and the catchty melodies. The album isn't all based on the same formula as along the forementioned tracks you can find also "Interlude" and "Epilog", where the band slow down the rhtyms just to experimentig a little more with sounds and melodies. A good one for modern electropop lovers.

PANDIQUE: Weltenklang

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 17 2004
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Artist: PANDIQUE
Title: Weltenklang
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Rated: *****

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Newcomers of the German electro pop scene, Pandique are active since 2001 when they won a battle of the bands with their song "Light of justice" (third track of their debut album). WELTENKLANG is their first album which is ideally linked to bands like And One, Covenant, etc. Even if those are their references, Pandique developed a certain capacity into mixing different influences which go from distorted techno (like on "Corrosion" and on "Vom Leben") to synthpop (like on "Stummes wort") including also parts of ambient electronic (see the use of long synth pads on their songs). The songs have got always a certain danceable approach without being too commercial. Melodies and rhythm are the backbone of their music and WELTENKLANG is a good beginning.

I SYNTHESIST: Avalanche

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 15 2004
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Artist: I SYNTHESIST (@)
Title: Avalanche
Format: CD
Label: Satellite Symphonics
Rated: *****
Moving his sound between '80s icons like John Foxx (just listen to tracks like "The lost parade" or "Captain, my captain" and you'll have flashbacks coming from "The garden" era) and Gary Numan (don't tell me you haven't never listened to gems like "Telekon" or "The pleasure principle"), Chris Ianuzzi composed a really catchy album titled AVALANCHE. The eleven tracks are capable of catching your attention immediately and after few times you listen to them you'll find their melodies appealing and you'll find yourself willing to discover how's the following song. Even if I Synthesist is based on old sounds and influenced by music of the eighties you'll be surprised to find a well balanced project where old sounds and new intuitions (see some semi ambient/techno solutions on "Paralyzed") cohabit really well. There are no flaws into the album sound / tracks and each track has convinced me at the same way. Chris' composition is already mature and he knows how to use his skills and from the photos I see that he isn't a teenager, so he must have a certain musical background already. Even if Chris is a New Yorker the sound is really British and it doesn't sound like American synthpop bands and this helps the project having its own personality which the audience can recognize immediately. If you are an electro pop lover you should check this album and if you find it difficult to find because it has been released by Satellite Symphonics (Chris' personal label), then you can wait until mid July and you can get yours checking this website http://www.endless-records.de

NAMNAMBULU: Distances

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 09 2004
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Artist: NAMNAMBULU
Title: Distances
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Rated: *****

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First released the last year thanks to Infacted Records, Namnumbulu's first album DISTANCES has been released for the States by Nilaihah Records which added to this new version a track ("Now or never - Dopamin mix") and the video of "Memories". Coming from Switzerland, Namnambulu is a duo formed by Vasi Vallis and Henrik Iversen. The band's sound has already been paragoned to bands like VNV Nation, Assemblage 23 or Camouflage (I'd add also the Apoptygma Berzerk of the "Welcome To Earth" period). The tracks generally are based on melody (thanks to Henrik's deep vocals) and on rhythm (only the closing "Apart" is a ballad a la Depeche Mode). The web formed by layers of sequencered synthetic sounds duet with the melody forming a good mixture of danceable future pop. There isn't a best track as the twelve tracks equally have a good dose of melody and rhythm. At the moment the sound of the band's hasn't reached its top, talking about personality but DISTANCES is a good first album which will be able to make the band gain a certain following.


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