Breathe In - Review
It was with great pleasure that we received this latest trio of selections from this band.
After so many new favorites from their previous album, it was great to just get anything, including this short maxi featuring three new tracks. Though it seems the band has really toned back the intensity of their music on these pieces. Gone is the onslaught of guitars and clashing electronics and percussion all coming together, replaced by a sweet, mostly dream-pop style.
The original title track starts it off with a pulsating, melodic flow. The vocals are angelic, caught up in heavy reverb and echo as they float over etheral beauty of the layered and soft electronics. This gives way to a more upbeat piece "Your Image Alive". While the angelic vocals remain hovering tentatively over the moving beat, with the solid, driving rhythm this selection picks up the pace and intensity and gets the body moving and blood flowing. To keep up this intensity just a bit, we're provided with the "PreCog remix" of the title track with heavy electronic loops and more intense percussion, creating a sort of dance mix to this otherwise angelic dream-pop song. This is a nice touch, giving us some variety and a little something extra to enjoy.
Again it's nice to just have something new and these three are all excellent pieces to satiate our thirst for more great music from this band. Hopefully this means we'll have another full-length album on the horizon.
Reality Awaits - Review
This band has been around in one form or another for nearly two decades, however, hailing from Russia they're new to the pages of Gothic Paradise with the introduction of their 2013 album Reality Awaits.
The band is formed by the trio of Pavel Zolin, Veronica Yakovleva and Art Nekrasoff.
It was a great pleasure to be introduced to this band with their ecellent style of electronics-infused darkwave music mixing heavenly female with solid male vocals across various styles, moods and tempos. This somewhat short album comes in the form of nine great pieces that listeners will be left wishing we had heard more from this Russian band many years ago.
Anyone who is familiar with my reviews and collection of music will know I'm a sucker for music of many different genres with smooth female-fronted vocals. This includes everything from goth metal, industrial, ethereal and everything in between. However, just putting some pretty female vocals over shoddy music doesn't cut it, so the mix of music and vocals really have to click and that's the case with this album. Of course it's not all about just the sweet female vox, as we get a taste of Pavel's vocals on several pieces.
The album has some definite highlights, with the best in my opinion coming right up-front in the first few tracks, while there are still many noteworthy pieces throughout the album. The music is solid on every piece and so it comes down to a few key pieces here and there that really click to deserve special mention here. The first of these starts off the album with "Fairytale" with the siren-like vocals taking the lead over an excellent mix of guitars and heavy, pulsating synths and solid beats as a nice foundation. The next piece on the album is also the next highlight in the form of "Pixie Queen". Maybe it's a bit of the lyrical content that's so enjoyable, I think it's the excellent music that's so captivating especially as we get past the initial first verse, the heavy bass kicks in and it all comes together with a nice beat and catchy rhythm with the sincere and heart-felt male vocals pulling it all together. "Emptiness is a Gift" is the next piece on the album and also another highlight. This track takes a sort of mix of the previous two pieces, the smooth female vocals and the more dance-friendly, electro-pop music as the background for a great mix. As we move further on in the album, we come to "Moonbeams" whcih also builds on this nice mix of classic 80's new wave styles with modern elecro-pop for a solid, dance-friendly piece. This one really has some intensity is it moves along, the percussion and guitars really build to a dynamic climax throughout the album, providing a nice foundation and back-drop to Pavel's vocals once again. The final piece to note is "Shreds (My Little Hideaway" as we get another final taste of Veronica's haunting, siren-like vocals in full force on this piece. Again we get a great mix of new wave guitar and heavy modern electronics for a moving piece, forming a heavy, pulsating background for the angst-ridden lyrics and powerful vocals that really build to a beautiful mesmerizing soprano throughout the chorus to really hold the listener captivated like a true siren.
Those are the highlights, though the other pieces are notable and don't detract from the overall album, so it is all together a really great album, perfect for fans of the solid electro-pop, darkwave and electro-goth styles. Don't miss it, search it out and find it and enjoy, it's definitely worth it.