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[ Machinegun Symphony - The Technology Of Tears ]
[ Makaras Pen - A Petal Among Bricks ]
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[ Marian's Joy - Heaven ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Niemand Weiss was die Zukunft Bringt ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle ]
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[ Massiv In Mensch - Menschdefekt ]
[ Mediavolo - A Secret Sound ]
[ Mellonta Tauta - Rainbow Melodies ]
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[ Mercurine - Music is Chemical ]
[ Mesh - An Alternative Solution ]
[ Mesh - A Perfect Solution ]
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[ Mind.In.A.Box - CrossRoads ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - Dreamweb ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - Lost Alone ]
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[ Mira - The Echo Lingers On ]
[ Mira - There I Go Daydreamer ]
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[ Mirabilis - Sub Rosa ]
[ Mirabilis - Pleiades ]
[ Miriam - When Beauty Is Invisible ]
[ Miriam - Scents ]
[ Mirror Reveals, The - This Infinite Eye ]
[ Moev - Ventilation ]
[ Monica Schroeder - Move Me ]
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[ Monochrome - Collapse and Sever ]
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[ Moonrise - Blackest Blue ]
[ Mortal Clay - Gilded Thralls ]
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[ Moulin Noir - Boy In Darkness ]
[ Muscle and Hate - A Tribute To Nitzer Ebb ]
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[ Nadia Sohaei - Talking To Myself ]
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Hailing from Sweden and the main project of Anders Wikholm, Moulin Noir has a long and involved history through the 80’s, 90’s and has just been getting the just-deserved attention in the Synthpop scene over the last few years.  According the long and interesting biography put together by Anders, it all started in 1979 with the introduction to techno music and later the New Romantic style.  What would follow would be many years of ups and downs, work with his brother and other members until finally the project we know as Moulin Noir would come into existence.  After the musical career of the project started to take if the late 90’s, by around 2000 A Different Drum picked it up for the North American releases.  New albums have been released along with other singles and the popularity of this group rides the waves of the various New Wave and Synthpop revival that seems to be occurring worldwide.

True to his roots, the main elements behind this electronic music is New Romantic.  You can tell in the lyrics, the vocals and throughout the variety of songs.  Possibly the influence of Ultravox can be detected or maybe a little bit of some of the older Visage is laiden throughout the music.  If these aren’t actual influences, they can still be drawn as slight comparisons as the love of the analog synth and drum machines are truly present in the music.  But the catchy dance elements of the modern Synthpop is also definitely present in the music from this group.  So fans along these genres will be able to enjoy it.

With the career moving forward, we have a review here to provide some simple feedback.  But the listener needs to form their own opinion, so be sure to check out samples on the label or band’s website as well as selections on the Gothic Paradise radio show.


Boy in Darkness – Review

When I first put this album on and heard the introductory track “A New Frontier” I thought ‘wow’, this is going to be some great symphonic Synthpop.  This short symphony is a great intro but proves to be nothing like the rest of the album except for another short interlude “Dance of the Beauty”.  Once I recover from the shock of the difference between this intro and the “real” songs on this album, I begin to drift back into the days of the New Romantics of the 80’s.  Visions of Dead or Alive, Visage and Ultravox come pouring into my head as I listen to each track.  With that said, I would like to point out that this isn’t a copy of any of these groups or anyone that I can think of, but rather an artist that enjoys producing a style of music and has stuck with it all of these years despite what industry trends are.  This is commendable and I think those fans that enjoy this period of music and still appreciate it will latch onto this new work as something of a priceless gem.

After the symphonic intro, “Media Boy” kicks off the album being the true introduction to what we can expect on the album.  Analog synths, drum machines and cool vocals melodically blended in different ways portray various lyrical pieces and all mix together for this timeless classic music.  This has quick become a favorite of mine with the moving beat and catchy lyrics along with all of the little bits and pieces I described above.  In fact there are many priceless works on this album as you listen to it in it’s entirety.

One thing that I’ve found quite catchy on this album is the varied use of the drum machine.  Breaking away from the hard-hitting techno beat that’s so prominent now, we hear a great mix of mellow rock rhythms, fast-paced synthpop beats and everything in between.  For me those that come out with a strong rhythm have been ones that stand out for me and catch my attention, not in the way of the techno beat, but using a variety of percussion to portray it.  Some good examples are “Nurnberg Girl” that has many other catchy elements too,  “Kiss Me Quick” which as become something of a ‘single’ on this album appearing on the Synthpop Club Anthems 2 compilation, “Recall” and finally “Conformia”.

Another element that is used well on this album is the analog synth, which comes as no surprise in this New Romantic style.  But mixed with the emotional vocals it really comes out prominently in many ways especially in the fast-paced “Luvrgirl”.  This has quick become a favorite of mine for it’s use of so many of the great styles from the 80’s bands that I’ve grown to love over the years.

With sixteen tracks lasting almost 80 minutes, this a nice album with plenty of material to enjoy.  I think this album has come together quite well and can give newcomers to the synthpop world a taste of what it all evolved from so many years ago.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.moulin-noir.com
Label: A Different Drum

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