Dichromat - Review
This duo is comprised of Emese Arvai-Illes and Krisztian Arvai originally from Hungary and are now hailing from London.
They provide a distinctive style of noir pop music with heavy analog synth influences from the various masters of the genres over the last few decades. While their influences range from Depeche Mode
, the first similar artist I thought of was Nadia Sohaei
. Their signature dark electro-pop style varies in intensity and tempo across the dozen tracks from mid-tempo dance-friendly to more subdued and experimental. With this being their third full-length album, though they've also released a number of various EPs as well, the band showcases a mature sound across the various styles, tempos and moods.
As with so many bands, when first introduced I give them about two minutes to capture my attention by skimming through and listening to a few tracks. This one stood out among the masses with their unique dark pop sound with touches of experimental elements dotted throughout, yet anchored in a solid foundation of moody, analog synth styles. Hearkening back to the 80's with just enough touches of Soft Cell
and Depeche Mode
, the unique music takes the listener into the distorted, dark world of this band. Dark themes of love, lust and fear permeate the textured tracks from beginning to end.
A few favorites that fit the mold of a catchy piece for me our listeners on Gothic Paradise also cover a broad range. "Sister Sister" is the very first taste I got of this band and at first I wasn't sure what I was listening to, but it quickly grew on me with it's moody and dark textures. However as the album moves along we're brought into a more recognizable electro-pop sound coming out in the form of a moving beat, pulsating layered electronics and spacial synths all backing the melodic alto vocals on pieces like "Therapy" and later on "Comfort Zone". These stand out as a couple of favorites, especially "Comfort Zone" with it's heavy pulsating bass along with all the stratified synths and electronics with the moving beat. The lazy, care-free sound of "Freak of Fancy" stands out as another favorite with another unique song structure with the heavy synths carrying the song for the most part along with the perfectly fitting vocals, but also the inclusion of the various experimental percussion is a nice touch. This mood carries on into "We Like To Suffer" with it's swanky, syncopated rhythm providing a nice groove to keep the listener hooked. And on we go through the album in and out of this dynamic evolution from piece to piece until we finally close down with the experimental downtempo piece "Soon".
This album is quite a journey through such a unique and dynamic range of styles and moods. Everything is unique from the experimental sounds to the vocals to the variety in the music and styles, though as mentioned earlier it's all anchored in the solid electronic styles we've grown to love over the years. Definitely worth checking out.