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EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: Liquid Blue

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 19 2003
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Liquid Blue
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
Empire State Human are slightly changing their music style but this isn't to be seen as something bad, because they are evolving. Even if this MCD contains eight tracks (of which six are remixes) we can notice traces of the new path from some arrangements of the opening "Liquid Blue" (coming from the forthcoming new album "Urbanism"), from the unreleased "Time/Travel" and from their remixed version of "Film Star" . At this point you'll ask: what changed? Well the sound is quite the same but if before the references were based most on 80's sounds, now we can say that techno influences are taking a hold. This isn't bad at all because Empire State Human are a good band and they wanted probably to "refresh" the sound always being true to themselves and be sure that they succeeded. Also the remixed versions of "We Are Industry", "Dollar In Blue Collar", "Chimes", "Little Alfie" and "High" are good tracks which with this new versions live of a new life becoming more intriguing. Sign that E.S.H. did a good job since the beginning when they composed the tracks the first time. You know... if melodies suck it's difficult to do a catchy remix ;)

Tau Factor: Prototype

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 16 2003
Artist: Tau Factor
Title: Prototype
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Just met Carsten at the Razed in Black show and he gave me this cd of his band Tau Factor. Carsten is Tau Factor and really you don't need anyone than him. This cd is a pure jem, it shines over many. I found myself listening to this over and over again and hopefully you will too. We begin with Track one, All that Remains, which is the most diverse track on the cd. It starts out witih, samples from movies all about dying. Synthy melocholy beats with a very Project Pitchfork feel. This is by far the closest thing to sounded like Pitchfork. Since Pitchfork is one of my favorites, I felll in love with this track right away. Carsten sings, "The lights are going out." overdubbed, once again with samples, saying he would have lived. Very heavy, emotional feel, set to dance in the emotion of death. We proceed on to Track 5 called, Retrospection, which is by far the most danciest track on this cd. A true dance track serenading the apocalypse in space. Carsten sings, in a metallic voice, " systems are not working, its all from these conditions." "So many memories, to keep me awake, the things I see, it makes me stay awake." If youre a fan of Skinny Puppy, youre truely going to want this cd. Let's proceed to Track 6, called Relative Motion, this is one of my favorites on the whole cd. It got me off this seat to full fledge hard dancing till my feet hurt. Tube sounding beats with drum machines pumping hard, pumping out every beat that you feel, matching with his vocals as he sings, "there is nothing you can say, i will remain alone." The vocals sound like ogre on acid falling from a distant planet. Every tone is programming you to move. The rest of this album continues on with dark electronic beats and lyrics we will never forget. One person created this, but the work involved is like a 100 other people included. Excellent production, very well though out and is going to hit the dancefloors hard and burn a hole right through them! 4 stars!

Glis: Balance

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 16 2003
Artist: Glis (@)
Title: Balance
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Glis is at it again. They just played in Chicago and opened for The Razed in Black show. It was the first time they have played in Chicago and they put on one of the best synthpop shows ever. Everyone danced and had the best time. They gave me their new cd Balance and here's the review. We start out with Track two called Resolution, which is the most danciest track on the album. Synthpop beats junping out everywhere at you drawing you to dance til you drop. Sean sings, "Every time i ask for truth you tell me lies and every time i want the answers you run and hide, something seems to be getting closer, we need a resolution." Great ryhmes with atmospherics everywhere. Then we progress to a new version on Track 3 called Nightvision that was on the last album Extract, which is much more sped up and highly produced sounding. Sean sings, " In the night, i won't come back tomorrow, I won't returrn again." It's a total nuclear assault on the dance floor. Things change when we get to Track 10 called, Descending, this song has hard break beats with slow sad lyrics, singing, " I've been here all night, descending into darkness, just turn around and walk away and forget your name." Wierd computer tones in the background with his sad melodic voice speaking in sorrow. I believe this is the slowest song on the album. The rest of it is all dancy and good. For a 2 person band from Seatlle, Sean Frandsen and Jennifer Parkin they do enough in this band to make up for two other standard people. Glis is going to take over the dancefloors soon, worldwide, prepare, if you want bliss check out Glis, 4stars!

COLONY 5: Structures

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 12 2003
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Artist: COLONY 5
Title: Structures
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Started as a duo, Colony 5 became a trio after the release of their first CD "Lifeline" and now that they released their second album STRUCTURES, they are turned out a duo again but with different band memebers. Anyway, without concentrating on band's story, let's focus our attention on the new album which is better respect their first one. Even if STRUCTURES presents a sound similar to most of the German synthpop bands this time the tracks sound more personal and convinced me more respect the old ones. Tracks like "Hate", "God", "Unaware" (which has got a certain techno print) and "Band Of Brothers" are melodic, rhythmic and catchy without being too trendy. The only note I can do is that the vocal's melodic lines are a little too similar and this sometimes spoil the final result. The CD has got also a CD-rom track where you can find all the lyrics and watch to the "Black" video which got some exposure on the satellite channel Onyx.

INTRICATED: A:Void

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 11 2003
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Artist: INTRICATED (@)
Title: A:Void
Format: CD
Label: Silent Being (@)
Intricated is a band coming from Denmark and A:VOID is their second album (even if it's their first who's been officially released). Their music is a mixture of synthpop, ambient and new wave. The three influences are well mixed and just to give you an exact idea of how they sound like I can say that: the melodic structure is generally a sort of melancholic synthpop while the ambient influences are "hidden" between the background layers' sound. The new wave influences, instead, consists of some guitar intuitions that here and there make me remember of the Cure of the "Disintegration" period. The album is not that bad but in my opinion it lacks a little of energy and this couldn't be in contrast with the melancholic atmosphere they create. For sure there are good tracks ("Game Over" and "Galled" are my preferred ones) and intuitions but that sparkle of energy would help so much... This CD has been released by a label created by the effortst of different artists who are gathering because of their passion for electronic music with a melodic foundation and an introverted, melancholic, edge and this is a good thing.


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