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Dekoy: Heartwerk

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 03 2003
Artist: Dekoy (@)
Title: Heartwerk
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Although the name might sound familiar to many of you, but Dekoy is indeed a young new project consisting of Baza and David Barnes (aka d_b), who mix synthpop vocals with ravey techno beats and ebm influences. Their powerful dancefloor-friendly low-end sound, coupled with a handful of lyrical melody, decent programming and sequencing should make it easy for them to place themselves among the newcomers of the genre, even though they'd probably have it easier if they were from Germany. "Heartwerk" is a concept album revolving around the theme of the heart, documenting «the various stages of emotional/physical heartbreak, which runs the gamut from anger (loss) to eventual acceptance & understanding (moving on)». If you are into the whole dancy-electro-pop thing give this a listen. The CD and their website have nice graphics too (even though it has some cross-browser compatibility issues).

PERNELL DISNEY: Severn Way

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 27 2003
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Artist: PERNELL DISNEY (@)
Title: Severn Way
Format: CD
Label: Disney Whirl
Pernell Disney is a duo formed by Pernell Disney (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Chris Sciurba (syths, drum loops and samples) and SEVERN WAY is their first CD which for me represented forty minutes of relax into a busy day. Their music has its roots into the sound of many 80's bands and if you want me to name few, I can name Lloyd Cole & The Commotions or Lotus Eaters. Most of their songs are ballads which paint light pictures where acoustic guitar duet with synthetic pads. Songs like "Drive"l, "Alone" or "I'm From Hollywood" won't satisfy your will of powerful sounds, for that you've got to listen to other bands, but Pernell Disney are powerful into creating a sense of positiveness which will help you making your day and this is a good thing, believe me!

Centrozoon: The Scent of Crash and Burn

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 27 2003
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Artist: Centrozoon (@)
Title: The Scent of Crash and Burn
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Centrozoon seem to have parted, at least momentarily, from the free-form stringing ambient of their predecessor "The Cult of: Bibbiboo" to embrace a newly shaped figure of electronica with a full diaphragm focus on emotional displays of lyric poetry and a flirt with electro-pop retrospectives that fortunately fades away after the initial handful of minutes (although the most impressive lyrics are on the very first track of this CD) and then turns into a more intimate and less obvious, thus far more appreciable, blend of hypnotic glamour. While smelling the harmonious clash of vocal melody that maybe wishes to pick up the pace with the burning sensation of lush electro-ambient coagulated by guitar improv, occasionally the former even pushes it far enough to turn Centrozoon's new found emo-escapism into a well constructed downtempo mixture of synth-pop tunes and experimental electro-trance. The eclectic rhythmical structures the group makes use of show the taste for the fine arts of adapting to foreign territories and the throughout similarly effected soft breathed vocals remind you at any given moment of the strong soulful beauty of the song that is passing through you. Intense and deep.

Fictional: Fiction

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 26 2003
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Artist: Fictional
Title: Fiction
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
From the crew that gave us Funker Vogt and Ravenous (no not the black metal band!), comes their third side-project and it’s second release. The first one from Fictional to me wasn’t all that great, nor really showed off any of Ravenous’ or Funker Vogt’s mastery of the digital keyboard (though I think F.V. for the most part is rather redundant, they do have some definite high points).But this CD combines their recently found love of synthpop with their trademark techno/EBM sound, all topped with a very strange sort of futuristic pop. One of the ones that really got me to scratching my head was "The Weatherman", which is a great song, but rather... ... ... ... ... .bizarre. It’s basically about a intergalactic figure who controls weather, crossing that element with that of a debonair character in love. "Dorian Grey" is another one that kinda confuses me on the storyline idea, but the music is as interesting and melodic as it is bizarre. The opening part starts with a (yet again) futuristic Transylvanian style organ line, and a steady bass line carrying it on the way through. "IntenCity" sounds like a sort of, well... ... ... Frankie Goes To Hollywood in the 30th Century floating around on a space station (well, minus the gay connotation), with some of the best digital keyboard work seen in some time. The crew behind all this makes fine art of out of one of the biggest musical taboos of our time: Digital keyboards and digital sequencing. I doubt this would sound nearly the same if it were done on analog equipment at all. "Voyager" is another high point on the CD (overall, it has no apparent weak spots), with it’s stomping bass-drum line and thick vocoder use, set on the choir boy voice of Jason Bainbridge (who I believe also does the vocals for Ravenous). If I were to make any comparison of this group to another, I’d have to say "Silvertears" era Evil’s Toy, a little bit of Ravenous, Cleen, and SPOCK. If you’re into the whole futuristic pop/electro-pop thing like me, this one should be right up your alley. But do expect a little something more than ballads and ditty little pop songs, as there is a strong story and theme to this whole CD, as well as some great musical oddities. Anyone who sings about causing literally a thunderstorm in someone’s brain and love at the same time has definitely got something strange and captivating going on. Rating: 10. Also recommended are Cleen’s "Second Path", Ravenous’ "Phoenix" and Evil’s Toy’s "Silvertears".

Little Tin Box: Object~Subject

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 26 2003
Artist: Little Tin Box (@)
Title: Object~Subject
Format: CD
Label: Self Release (@)
Distributor: Pay Pal
Out of St. Paul, Minneapolis, comes a innovative band that combines electro-pop with piano classical elements. Little Tin Box is the name that features Charles and Kelly Sadler, who was once just bandmates, now a husband and wife and both have that common vibe connection by being on the same musical page. Charles handles all the music while Kelly does all the vocals. This male and female duo have impressed me with their hard work on the debut release "Object~Subject." I am totally astonished because of ORIGINALITY. They sound like no other. My wife and nine year old daughter likes it. And have asked me who are they. LTB music has an unique melancholic formal sound that could go extremely well to a movie or television drama soundtrack. Every song on the disc is not disappointing. Consider the cd, hmmm, laidback electro-pop classical feel. Numerous of times I fell asleep while it was playing in my boombox in my bedroom at night, I certainly found peace and slept like a baby. Kelly's voice really had me hynotized to a trance stage. She was told she sound like Madonna. And that I do agree on. I'm not kidding you readers either. Songs she sings are about the past, love, being hurt by the one you love, suffering and pain, and to manage by coping with the lost feelings and move forward to find a man who will cherish and comfort her with real love. Definitely an album a woman needs who's in pain and have a broken heart. This can be played over and over and over again and again and again. There are three tracks on the disc that's appropriate for the dance clubs "Mend", "Sacred", and "DLN". There's an untitle hidden dance track after the last one song "Pinwheel." If you've been in a bad relationship or just getting out of one, "Object~Subject" will lift your spirit and MEND your broken bleeding heart.


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