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Chandeen: Bikes And Pyramids

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 07 2002
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Artist: Chandeen
Title: Bikes And Pyramids
Format: CD
Label: Kalinkaland Records
Distributor: Projekt Records
Another great little group brought to my attention by Sam Rosenthal of Projekt......... To me, ethereal and pop are strange bedfellows,given ethereal's moodiness and pop's liveliness. La Floa Maldita hit it with a rare perfection,and Rhea's French-tinged vocals are still a standard in all of ethereal (the language of love never sounded as good as when it came from her). This is a little different but just as good of a benchmark. Armed back to back with two amazing vocalists,Antje Schulz and Stephanie Harich, this CD is a tour de force of ethereal pop pure,simple,and elegant all at once. The first song and single "My World Depends On You" is perfect soundtrack material to some Euro romance film set in the summertime. Slow and driving,and doubled up with two vocal layers on the chorus, it is something to behold, even for staunch pop-doubters like me. "Pink" opens up with a kind of western guitar roll, of course played very slow before giving way to the atmosphere laying underneath and letting the German vocals roll out. And if you have a friend that says "Oh German isn't sexy at all" point them to Chandeen. This is the sexiest I have EVER heard it,and backs up my point that it is a gorgeous language to know (hehe alles wir weisse das)! "Days In Time" is another atmospheric guitar track, and the vocal work of Stephanie will melt your heart in her soft vocal trance. The breathy style of ethereal vocals never sounded better except for "Heute Nacht". "Walking" has a poppy,Portishead type rhythm drum line on top of pop-laden vocals and bounce. The contrast of the poppy Trip-hop drum line and the pop vocals play quite nicely, making it the highlight behind "Heute Nacht". "Heute Nacht", meaning Tonight for all the nonGerman speakers out there, is the highlight of the CD. Sensual as hell, German has never oozed such sexiness before (well,except for Franka Potente! But we're talking musically!) and this is the ultimate proof it can give even French a run for it's money! Just pop on this track and get ready to make some babies,garaunteed! Even if you don't understand what they are saying,the vocals and words are so sensual it won't even matter. It's the song R&B wish it could make. And if you do understand the German, you'll understand the mood of pure sensuality,just let it flow over you. "Apples and Oranges" is the pop hit that US radio would be too idiotic and cooperate to appreciate or allow to be a hit. It's a cover of an old Pink Floyd gem from the Syd Barrett era,given a whole new twist. I could bounce and skip along in the park on a sunny day to this little ditty. It's such a guilty pleasure!Overall, no filler in this whole CD at all. Each track compliments one another,and the vocals are simply some of the best in the business. This band is only rivaled by Machine In The Garden and La Floa Maldita (whatever happened to them?!?) in my mind. And plus some goodie bonus material I will let you see for yourself! Definitely give this band a try,and I garauntee you won't regret it. Even my Britpop-loving best friend was aching to get her hands on this CD. So pop it on and get ready to make some babies,as she says! Rating: Why even bother? Some things speak for themselves, so I'll let it talk for itself ;).PS: The two singers are also some of the best lookers in the business. Bist wir so schon damme!

GOLDPEOPLE: Music Don't Stop

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 05 2002
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Artist: GOLDPEOPLE
Title: Music Don't Stop
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Jive Records
A perfect single composed by one electropop genius which in the past was into basilar bands such as Human League and Heaven 17. We're talking about Mr. Glenn Gregory which with Goldpeople composed this awesome hit! I've got no idea who the other members are or what they're going to do but the single contains seven versions of the track and everyone is awesome. This song had put a spell on me, I can't stop singing along with it! If you want to pass some quality time with your friends here are the lyrics. They should be right but I transcribed it while I was listening to it and I apologize if I did some mistakes, you know, I'm always a foreign... "Sometimes in my mind good times feel so far away but the sunrise in your eyes helps me make it through the day. Just when I think that I had enough love it comes taking me even higher. That's when I say I don't wanna stop. Let the music play this higher. Music don't stop". :)

COLONY 5: Lifeline

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 02 2002
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Artist: COLONY 5 (@)
Title: Lifeline
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Founded in 1999 by P-O Svensson and Magnus Löfdahlafter, Colony 5 release their debut album LIFELINE after their self-titled EP and a few line-up changes. Moving between synthpop and rhythmic/melodic based electronic music (touching sometimes the e.b.m. fields) P-O Svensson and Johan Nilsson bring us twelve tracks which move between upbeat songs ("Colony 5", "Liquid Love" or "Friends") to ballads ("The Bottle") passing through mid tempos ("Freedom" and "Heal Me"). To be honest I liked the sounds and most of the songs but some melodies to me sounded a little naive. Nothing that important and maybe I could sound paranoid but it's a characteristic of German synthpop and I've got to cope with that... Anyway my favourites are: "Colony 5", "Liquid Love", "Be My Slave" and "Crackhead". Soon the band will release a new E.P. titled "Follow your heart" and this summer they welcomed a new band member: Mgnus Kalnins.

And One: Virgin Superstar

 Posted by Johnny Apathy   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 14 2002
Artist: And One
Title: Virgin Superstar
Format: CD
to be honest...i don't actually own this cd. i first heard about And One a few years ago, thanks to my friend who went to Germany, and Austria. i have to say, i'm glad he did. this is an excellent cd, with my personal favorites being "Wet Spot" and "Panzer Mensch". There are a few grammar problems, i'm assuming because they are German, but for the most part the Engilsh is done well. this cd might not be for everyone, but if you see it cheap on the racks...buy it, you will be glad you did...

MOON ROCK: Eclipse Of The Mood

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 13 2002
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Artist: MOON ROCK (@)
Title: Eclipse Of The Mood
Format: CD
Label: Lunar Entertainment
After their debut "Power To People" Moon Rock are back with their ECLIPSE OF THE MOOD. With this one the duo refined their sound and song writing bringing us fresh tunes like the opening "The Deed Is Done" or the two remixed by B! Machine ("See A Lot" and "Everybody Everywhere"). This new album is a good one and the ten songs are catchy enough to gather more fans from the altenative scene because songs like "Time To Play" and "I Think It's Over" remember a little New Order of the "Republic" era (I didn't like too much their newest one I prefer thousand times the last album) and Pet Shop Boys. Only a little more production and their could really get more attention. The peculiarity of this album is that only four tracks out of ten are sung by one of the Hoboken duo, the other ones see as guest vocalists Jemma, Damian "Plague" Hrunka and Dave Baggot. Never boring, catchy and worth the listening...what do you want more to get your copy of newest Moon Rock? P.s. Unfortunately their website isn't updated and it's really poor and you won't find any information about this CD. Write them and help spread the word.


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