Intruder - Review
As a child of the 80's, this duo hailing from Poland really hit home and brought back great memories of great music from the past.
This is our first introduction to this band with this moving, nostalgic album. The driving new wave music is presented across a nice collection of eleven dance-friendly tracks.
Leaving the nostalgia behind and all the similarities to well-known bands of the 80's, we'll focus on what makes this band and specifically this album incredible. After the short ambient instrumental introductory piece "Kiss of Winter" we're launched right into the thick of the pulsating analog synths and reverberating heavy beats of this moving synthpop sound. From one song to the next the beat moves along creating one club piece after another. Visions of neon lights and fog-filled clubs, big hair and makeup fill the mind as we drift along the throbbing beats and electronics on this album.
Overall the album is a bit homogenous as one piece after another blends all the powerful elements of the classic new wave sound. It's definitely hard to pick a favorite since they all follow this pattern so well, yet not in a boring or in any way that would leave the listening thinking once they've heard one piece they've heard them all. The diversity and various melodies and lyrical content are enough to keep the listener interested. Some that have stood out a bit amongst the rest that we've included on our radio show include the powerful "Shame of Device" and "Afterlife". These upbeat pieces were some of the first I heard of this band and have had a lasting impression. The mood and tempo varies a bit across a few tracks, especially the softer and slower "4 You" that provides a bit of a break from the driving beats of most of the rest of the album. "Never Forget" reached out and grabbed me by the dancing shoes and definitely stood out as a favorite. As the album starts to wind down we're presented with another masterpiece in the form of "Danseproof" with some excellent heavy percussion and plenty of reverb and all the favorite elements we've now grown to love from this group.
Fans of excellent synthpop music pay attention and grab this album. This group has managed to capture the essence and moods of this era and music perfectly on this album while presenting something new that we can enjoy for years to come.