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Title: Mechanical
Format: CD
Label: Haunted House Records (@)
Rated: *****

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MECHANICAL is the first full length release by Stephen Haunts. It follows different E.P.s released for his own label Haunted House Records. His releases are mostly available through digital stores but he also print a small quantity of CDs to satisfy the people that still loves to deal with a real object and not only with files hidden into the corners of a overloaded folder. Music isn't only a question of files to upload into a mp3's player. Anyway... MECHANICAL bring to the lovers of electronic music sixteen tracks of music influenced by bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Boards of Canada, and Hybrid. Stephen took exams with the Trinity College of Music in London but his will to explore new sound solutions made him tweak old electronic toys by rewiring the insides to create new sounds. His music is always driven by rhythm but he likes to create dark atmospheres and ambient pads. The result is evocative and sometimes cinematic (check "Daisy cutter" for example). The tracks have good sounds and create a really working atmosphere but sometimes, in my opinion, they create the same kind of ambience because of the constant use of synth pads. A good change about this point is the vocal line on "Nox", the only track with vocals.