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Secret Soviet Army: Brutal Poetic Wave EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 22 2013
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Artist: Secret Soviet Army
Title: Brutal Poetic Wave EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Romance Moderne
Rated: *****
"Brutal Poetic Wave EP" is the first release for Nantes, France, based band Secret Soviet Army. Unfortunately I don't have any kind of info about them as also their webpage doesn't have any. The EP, released digitally by Romance Moderne, contains four tracks which show a band that is able to write creepy synth songs (check the opening "The Prince And The Prisoner", where a prince keeps locked into his castle some women, abusing them or "Deep Forest" where slowed down vocals are mixed to synth wobbles and obsessive synth lines), powerful minimal wave tunes ("Wastik" is based on dry drum beats and bass lines plus pads stabs and catchy lead lines) as well as catchy melodic hits like "Turn Your Body". They are preparing their first live but in the meantime check them here http://romancemoderne.bandcamp.com/album/brutal-poetic-wave-ep

Ruble Gang: Art For Real

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 22 2013
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Artist: Ruble Gang
Title: Art For Real
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Romance Moderne
Rated: *****
Ruble Gang is a band coming from Moscow, Russia and their only available track, before the release of this digital single for Romance Moderne, was "Building Communism" on the double tape compilation "Forward Rewind: The Future Echo Tapes" released the last year by Aufnahme Wiedergabe. That compilation was gathering some of the best subterranean electronic new wave bands, with names of the likes of Martial Canterel, Makina Girgir, Lebanon Hanover, Human Puppets, Linea Aspera, etc. Influenced by synthetic wave of the late 70's and early 80's, Ruble Gang on the single "Art For Real" present two tracks: the main title and "Silver Plane". The main tune is a 4/4 mid tempo with catchy synth lines and Russian lyrics. "Silver Plane" has a similar bass line melody but it's more influenced by post punk and vocals are more nervous. Both the songs make the flag of analog synthesis proudly flying high and can also be used on alternative dancefloors. You can check and purchase them here http://romancemoderne.bandcamp.com/album/ruble-gang-art-for-real

Gudrun Gut: Going Up The Country

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 20 2013
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Artist: Gudrun Gut (@)
Title: Going Up The Country
Format: 7"
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Rated: *****
This lovely diddlysquat from talented musician Gudrun Bredemann aka Gudrun Gut, Berlin music scene ambassador and label boss of renowned Monika Enterprise, on the contrails of her appreciated album "Wildlife" wisely digs up an evergreen again: the lighthearted whistled jingle of "Going Up The Country", whose notorious flute line and more recognisable distinguishing feature came from "Bull Doze Blues", an unknown blues gem written by Henry Thomas in late 20ies before American blues-rock band Canned Heat rearranged it for the above-mentioned song, which has been considered as the unofficial anthem of the legendary Woodstock festival, feeds this funny electronic version whose punkish claws and bewitching grace of Gudrun Gut's voice immediately catch listeners. On B-side, you'll find a peppy remix of "Tiger" by which Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble repaid the favour of Gudrun Gut's collaboration for "Fantasie Madchen", which was included in their new album "Miami", while all those who will prefer digital version of the release will be awarded another bizarre remix of "Going Up The Country" by long lasting partner-in-art and friend Thomas Fehlmann, who prefers to toddle in the land of slow funk. Another tempting musical invitation to go wilder and wilder!

Trek With Quintronic: Landing Plus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 18 2013
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Artist: Trek With Quintronic
Title: Landing Plus
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Trek With Quintronic was the brainchild of two American guys called David Kane (Trek) and Paul Wilcox (Quintronic). They self released for their own label Bi Plane Records in 1980 and 1981 two albums: "Landing" and "Trek W/ Quintronic". Equipped with a Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 drum machine, guitars and several analog synths (Moog Taurus pedals, etc), the duo wrote nineteen tracks where a bit of glam (they where influenced by Bowie), psychedelia (really good their acid synth version of Eric Burdon and The Animals' "When I Was Young") and electronic rock (sometimes I thought about Sparks even if Trek With Quintronic were sounding less dramatic and pompous). The first album was sounding a bit more introspective and minimal, like the tracks have been written with guitar and then enriched with synth lines. The tracks of the second album were a bit more "wild", if you pass me the term: Paul's voice is more histrionic (like on "Be There Later On") and generally the songs are upbeat and dissonant, like they were a bit more punk. Here and there you can find choruses while distorted guitar duel with synth leads. Sounding dark and a bit crazy, "Trek W/ Quintronic" contains great songs with nice melodies and arrangements. Despite the fact that they recorded and mastered them relatively quick, the final result hasn't been affected. In this Anna Logue CD reissue, you can find both the albums plus two previously unreleased versions of 'Twin Forces' and 'When We Were Young - live' (both on the second album), remixed by Tejo Bolten of MECANO fame. These two sounds a lot more powerful and wild with upfront live drums and the latter sounds like a dancefloor hit. Paul and Tejo are currently working together while David has been active ever since as a solo artist as well as in a couple of bands (The Celibates, Nullstadt, Electroman, Decay Of Western Civilization, Them Jezzbeards). Check them and be ready for something "different"...

The Silicon Scientist: Iselwinter

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 18 2013
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Artist: The Silicon Scientist
Title: Iselwinter
Format: CD
Label: Anna Logue Records (@)
Rated: *****
Recently I enjoyed two new The Silicon Scientist tracks of the "Sinister Street" 7", but I have another of their releases to review. "Inselwinter" ("Island's winter") isn't a new Silicon Scientist album but it's their first album released back in 2003 which has been reissued by Anna Logue Records with seven bonus tracks. Recorded by Stefan Bornhorst at Studio Ruhrstrasse Hamburg in 2002/03, the original six tracks are an ideal mind travel through winter and are quite different from how the project sounds now. The six movements are quite minimal, melancholic but always with a good quantity of melody. Most tracks are quite long and grow slowly just like a flower which has to reach the air through the snow. Also rhythm is well balanced and never invasive. Take for example "Iselwinter 2", it is based on a pulsating CR-78 rhythm, arpeggio variations and there's a nice effect when the Cut Off filter is opened as the whole track gain brightness and light. If you want me to do a comparison, I thought to the some Vangelis tracks (the less cosmic ones) or to early Jean Michel Jarre (check "Iselwinter 3"). The CD version as bonus tracks has "Elektrum" (a nice track recorded at the same time of "Iselwinter") and demo versions of the first five tracks, while the digital edition, along with the original six tracks, has "Voices On The Wind", another instrumental track featuring field recordings, wind noises and a Mellotron 400 choir that's sounding like coming right off Popul Vuh's 'Nosferatu' soundtrack or Lucio Fulci's 'The Beyond'. You can find the digital edition here http://annaloguerecords.bandcamp.com/album/inselwinter


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