Alpha - Review
This new band out of Greece is formed by the duo of George Labiris (PlasmaG on keyboards, guitars, programming and songwriting) and Harry Grypaios (Harry G on vocals, lyrics, songwriting and programming).
The album features a sleak mix of melodic synthpop along the lines of the style of De/Vision
. We're presented with nine solid original pieces as well as a remix each of a couple of the standout pieces.
As far as melodic synthpop goes, there are definitely a dime a dozen out there trying to find their own niche and their own style. So when one stands out enough from the rest to be recognized, it's a great pleasure to be able to share it with the world. This album is one of those that I think any fan can listen to and enjoy as more than a copy, yet within the genre boundaries to keep them grounded in the synthpop roots. After a short introduction in "Enter", we're immediately treated with one of the highlights to the album with "So Much For Love". The emotional vocals and lyrics move smoothly over the driving layers of electronics and dance-friendly beats. This pattern is repeated throughout the album, but with enough variation that the it doesn't become monotonous or boring. It's all accessible and enjoyable so that the average listener can easily sit down and enjoy listening through the entire disc.
Once again I'll touch on some favorites, as already mentioned "So Much For Love" was a quick favorite and easily recognized why Lights of Euphoria
would choose to remix it. This remix presented towards the end of the album isn't exactly what you expect from them, usually with a harder edge, they mix this piece down to something of a somber piece, taking off any edge and just keeping a bit of a smooth trance feel to it. "Heal Me" has quickly become another piece that stands out, a little more on the somber mid-tempo side and is also the second remix on the album, this one done by Psyche
. Once again the remix isn't exactly what you would expect, remixed down to almost an ethereal piece, aptly titled the "Psyche Afterhours Mix". Right on the heals of "Heal Me" is another excellent club-friendly piece with a heavy beat providing the anchor to the myriad of layered synths. And finally, as the album starts to wrap up, "Deepest Fear" is a nice piece with a bit more of an edge in the synths that match the vocals that move along with a bit of a monotone over the pounding beats. With that and the final grim instrumental piece with spoken samples in "Exit", the original tracks come to a close and we're left with the two remixes already mentioned.
Overall it's a nice work with some great tracks, more great melodic synthpop to add to any fan's collection, definitely enjoyable.