This band is composed of the duo Marianthi Melitsi and Sophie Sarigiannidou hailing from Athens, Greece. The officially formed in 2003 and were able to release their debut album in 2004. Through they years they've done a number of covers, remixes and have released a total of five albums, including their latest A Broken Frame, a track-by-track cover of the Depeche Mode album of the same name. With this release it should come as no surprise as to the influences of this band ranging from OMD, New Order and Erasure to include of course Depeche Mode. However, with these influences aside, the music from these talented artists reaches far beyond these as they create their own dynamic style and sound that is upbeat yet emotionally driven and melodic, reach an ethereal atmosphere at times while grounded in the dance-friendly rhythms of classic synthpop.
Unfortunately I didn't become acquainted with this band until late 2014 with the re-issue of their 2013 album Inhale. However, as soon as I heard the first few tracks off this album I knew I was hooked and instantly fell in love with this album and this band. Since then I've listened to the album over and over again and gained new insights and appreciation into each track and long to pick up their discography and hope for more great, original music to come in the future.
Inhale - Review
This is a great new project that we've discovered through Art Of Fact records late last year with their year in review. This album is so great and has been growing on me so much since then, I'm convinced if I would have discovered it sooner it would have easily made our best of 2014 list. The album is packed with excellent, dance-friendly melodic synthpop music spanning ten all original tracks with four additional remixes. The female vocals style have a nice spunky attitude reminiscent of the 80's new wave sound.
As I listen to each track on this album, nearly each one has taken a turn as a favorite with the sassy, upbeat style that keeps the body moving and blood pumping. "Self Control" immediately became a favorite when I first picked this up and it also caught fire on our club mix radio show earning it a spot in our top 10 for the year. This piece is the epitome of female-fronted, upbeat, melodic synthpop with a bit of sassy flare maintained by the synth loops and moving beats. However, it's not all about the sass as we move along through the album it wasn't long before "Secret Place" also became a favorite with more of a dreamy, ethereal air with a simple bassline and moving beat through each verse and the more powerful electronic layers coming out on the chorus. The title track to the album comes out with much the same attitude as "Self Control" with powerful, moving beats over various electronic loops and layered synths creating another powerful dance-friendly piece. The band kind of alternates between these more upbeat pieces and the somber, though still moving pieces. "To The End" drifts back into more of that ethereal style with the minimal synths and beats, yet as the track moves along with the various vocal layers it has quickly become a favorite and a stellar piece in it's own light especially as we get to the latter half of the track and soaring backing vocals kick in that really bring on the goose bumps.
At this point we reach the halfway mark of the original tracks and once again we're back in the fray with the syncopated rhythms and sassy vocals of "Come On Now", another catchy track that keeps the listener moving. The pulsating synths keep going and keep the listener enveloped in a lovely state of driving, ethereal synthpop sounds as we move through "Alone" and "Never Stop", each gems that stand on their own as if the entire album were written for just that one track, yet every track is that hit you're looking for. "August Day" comes in as the most somber and mid-tempo piece of the album yet stil shines as another solid treasure amidst this stellar work. The original works wind down with two solid pieces in "Over and Over" and "End As A New Start" both of which are strong pieces and could easily stand on their own as a single. That's just the way this album is, each piece a nice addition, a critical component, a true masterpiece.
After those excellent pieces we're treated with four extended versions all reminiscent of what you may have heard mixed at an 80's club mixing all the great new wave hits together in non-stop fashion. "Can You Stop Me" actually appears as a sort of bonus on this album since it's not a remix of anything already on this disc, but having appeared previously in 2011 and also has a video to go with it. The other extended remixes appear for "Come on Now", "Secret Place" nad "To The End" and while they don't change up the songs much except extend them out for a nice club mix opportunity they're still great additions to the overall album.
Synthpop fans, do not miss this album, you will love it! It's now a great addition to our collection and a new classic favorite.
Label: ArtOfFact Records