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no:carrier: Last Scene

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Artist: no:carrier (@)
Title: Last Scene
Format: CD EP
Label: Electric Heresy (@)
The website describes no:carrier's music as 'Transatlantic Electro Pop' because it consists of songwriter/producer Christian Wirsig in San Francisco and singer Cynthia Wechselberger in Germany. The press sheet describes it thus: 'The background stays dubious and no one knows exactly what the protagonists have lived through. 'Last Scene' commemorates past things that may better not have happened, but might have led to success.' Intriguing premise, but this is a limited edition maxi-single, which is always a bit of a risk. First off, the song has to be something you would want to listen to over and over again. Second, the artist really needs to tweak it enough to make it warrant 5 different versions. This didn't quite fit the bill for me in the second regard. The original is kind of a jazzy straightforward pop song, with lyrics like 'The last scene of a play that we shouldn't have staged.' Only the last two versions really pushed the envelope here - the EBT Remix by taking the original and making it more of a techno-rave track and 'Last Seen' by stripping a lot of the vocals out and using it more as gesture than as lyrics. The first three were just too similar for my tastes. The song does tell a story and within the context of the larger album it may fit quite well, but I'm not sure it warrants its own maxi single. I would say that this is mainly for fans who are completists. This album is limited to 99 copies and weighs in at around 18 minutes.

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