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The Search: Some Place Far Away

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Artist: The Search (@)
Title: Some Place Far Away
Format: CD + Download
Label: Aeanaos Records (@)
Rated: *****
The Search is Razmig Tekeyan from Uppsala, Sweden and 'Some Place Far Away' is The Search's tenth album. The band started back in 2003 as The Silverslut with several other members besides Razmig (Johan Zeitler, Jonathan Nilsson, Tina Bergström, Tomas Svahn, Joakim Jacobsson) but now it's just him. There also used to be guitars in the band, but 'Some Place Far Away' is pure synthpop now. The retro '80s feel is palpable throughout the 10 tracks on the album. Razmig says these songs were originally written on acoustic guitar anmd that some of them date back 20 years. (There are occasional synth sounds used that do sound guitarish.) So I listened to the album once through, then checked out The Search's earlier material. I have to say that although some of the earlier stuff was a little raw, it had a certain pizazz which 'Some Place Far Away' lacks. The ten track on the album are on the bright side with slick production and are melodically tuneful, but sound so similar that nothing particularly stands out. Vocals are in that kinda soft De/Vision style but the synthwork is nowhere near as bold as that band. In fact, many of the synth sounds used sound like familiar presets. The best this album may have to offer is recalling '80s synthpop as ersatz background music.

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