Part 1, The End - Review
This is a new, fairly unknown solo project out of Sweden which we really know little about. We picked up a teaser of four excellent tracks under the name Part 1, The End
a few months ago which we really enjoyed. These tracks received extensive airplay on our radio shows and immediately became listener favorites as well.
We received a few more tracks under the name of Wrecks of a Dissolving Dream
. I was further captivated and when we finally got this full album release, I felt like we finally had something complete, so I've scrapped previous reviews and have all of my comments revisited and reworked here for this full album. We have eleven of these excellent tracks on this full-length release that should be a new favorite for post-punk and new wave fans.
The album starts off with four really stellar tracks and one of my definite favorites from this project and the first piece I was introduced to under the name "Don't Wait For Me" kicks it all off. The music is driving, upbeat and the moody vocals stand out, delivering the broken-hearted message of the lyrics. There's a prominent guitar over the layered electronics and driving beats that adds a nice edge to the music, grounding it, yet expanding the possible fanbase to include everyone from die-hard synthpop and electro fans to the black-clad goths. Taking a page out of the book of Anything Box
and their debut album Peace
, we're treated with a stellar, upbeat synthpop piece "Polarized". This bouncy piece provides some nice classic variety in the album and music overall. Later on "Heaven" and "Guardian Angel" really stand out in similar style as "Don't Wait For Me", with the soaring guitars over the driving electronics with an overarching melancholy feeling.
These first pieces are definite favorites and set the mood and standard for this project. There are a number of pieces that still remain that are close in style and nearly as strong in overall production and feeling. "Hope" comes close, moving along in that 80's new wave style with a modern synthpop edge. Later on "Love" really comes in strong with a pounding, heavy beat, moving things along well for a dance-friendly selection. With this we start to wind down the album, but not before another couple of great pieces. For fans of classic new wave, with lyrics and vocals in a self-depracating style, "Bird Boy" is a definite new classic. While not the same musical style as The Smiths
, the overall mood is comparable, mixed with modern synthpop electronics and masterful guitar, yet portraying a little bit more experimental style. The finale to the album is another stellar favorite piece "Dreamself". Very similar to the other favorites on this album, the moods are somber and subdued, portrayed perfectly through the moody vocals, grinding guitars and pulsating electronics over a driving beat. This piece is easily the darkest piece out of the album and definitely a favorite for me as well as our listeners as it launched quickly into the Gothic Paradise Club Mix top 10
From the first listen of all of these tracks, I was immediately attracted by the 80's new wave sound mixed with a slight goth and post-punk edge. The entire album together hearken back to the highlights of great bands like Clan of Xymox, The Cure
, early Anything Box
and the better Echo and the Bunnymen
pieces. For now it seems this project may remain slightly unknown, but I for one want to get the word out, this music is excellent, I think this band could catch fire on the dance-floors and the radio airwaves around the world.