The Beauty of Decay - Review
This duo of Plastique (the girl) and Deadbeat (the robot) formed in 2009 and are well on their way to a great start.
This album marks their debut full-length, building on their previously released Whole / Flowers
EP. It features a dozen of very intelligent, melodic synthpop that keep the body and soul moving.
After the symphonic overture that is the "Intro" track, the music starts with the mix of melancholy, brought about by the emotionally rich female vocals over the layers of upbeat, melodic and fun synths. Hailing back to much of the synthpop of the 80's and the modern electro-clash elements, we really have a great mix of music. Even on the very slow piece "I Lost Control", all of these elements come standard and shine.
The more prominent, dance-friendly pieces stand out in my mind as favorites and fans of classic synthpop will swoon with each of these excellent tracks. "Whole Again" is the first of these with the fast-paced beat, upbeat and pop-friendly synths move along nicely, backing the somber, dreamy vocals. An absolute favorite is "Never Ever" for all the same reason, but over a heavier bassline and moving beat, bringing the modern electro-pop sound to the melodic synthpop world. The "robot" manages to create these excellent compositions that blend so well with "the girl's" pleading vocals. The music moves along flawlessly through the darker "Crash Course in Hate" and on to the upbeat "The Isle" which has quickly become another favorite with the subtle, yet catchy hooks in the music, lyrics and vocals. The sassy piece "I Will Always Be With You" will surely appeal to fans of the modern electro-class sounds with it's swing beat and solid modern synths. As the listener goes through this album as I am now, just one stellar piece after another pops up and grabs hold as if it's the only piece on the album. "Another Love" is one of these that does just that, as if there were no equal, yet the album is full of these fun, yet somewhat moody pieces. And on it goes through "Flowers" and the edgy piece "Prayer" until we finally come to the last excelent piece on the album "Shot". This finale leaves behind the moving dance beat but lacks nothing in the intense emotion expressed through the somewhat minimal synths and soft, emotion-filled vocals.
The theme of "The Girl & the Robot" as the band's name suggest is carried throughout the entire album. It is evident through the mix of intelligent, robot-like song structures with the modern electronics, mixed with the human element of Plastique's vocals. These vocals drip with emotion, whether it be love, hate, longing or fear. It's not your typical dark, or angry male vs. female of many female-fronted projects, but more of a somber mix of cold, un-feeling with life and human warmth. The label used Tin-man and dorothy as the example of describing this relationship and I think it work well. This is a great project and they have created a stellar album that any synthpop fan should be ashamed of not owning.
Label: Trisol Music Group