Reference Version - Review
Hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, we have this new female-fronted electronic industrial project. This great new project brings to life a fun version of dark EBM a bit like the other contemporary solo female dark-electro artist Chiasm that many readers and listeners will be familiar with. This beautifully packaged album comes in a nice multi-fold digi-pack containing lyrics and artwork holding a disc of eleven throbbing electronic tracks.
After popping the disc into my cd player and listening to the album, I was pleased to have something a bit different, something besides the harsh gasoline-gargling vocals of so many industrial bands of today. The music is pulsating and fun, dance-friendly and dark. Combined with the female vocals it is moving and smooth, melodic and fun, dark and moody and something that so many dark-electro fans will love.
The album kicks off with the throbbing, bouncy electronics of "automated" and sets down the template and pattern for the music of Frightdoll. Immediately the album moves quickly on without dragging or faltering through "sessions of expression" and varying only slightly on diverse pieces like "tension" where the beat changes up a bit for a little different pattern, but the pulsating electronics continue in much the same way. As stated, the industrial beat varies through different tracks, initially just a subtle moving beat, but on "tension" it really comes out with various distorted percussion on top of the solid bass beat. The vocals are somewhat suppressed and distorted with various amounts of reverb, though mostly you can understand them well. Unlike many female-fronted bands, the focus is not on sensuality, but these are vocals of strength and power that shine so well through the reverb and powerful music behind them all.
The fun on this album just has to be noted, the way the electronics come out on certain pieces like "unit". This jumps back to the electronics of the 80's with the analog synths creating a bouncing and driving feeling. Though this piece is an instrumental, it brings out some of the best mix of electronics on the disc. "gravity" brings out the darker and harsher industrial feeling on the disc with a mix of these analog synths with a dark, forboding style and driving breakbeats. This moves on, building in intensity on "crash" and slowly wrapping up the album in power and style with "version" and finally ending with "strange". This finale brings everything together, powerful pulsating synths, strong reverb on the vocals and starting out slow and gradually picking up the pace until you feel like your sitting in the middle of a frenzied electro-showdown.
That sums up what you can find on the disc and how it all comes together. I think this is a project that will continue to grow and mature over the years and this disc is one that will remain a great and memorable debut.