In the early 90's a new project was born by the name of Voice Industrie. This project consists of members Alan Levesque and Francis Tetrault and hails from Canada where they continue to create and release music after more than a decade of existence. They released their first album Psychotica in 1992, but this was just the beginning as they started to evolve and discover their trademark sound. 1995 brought out the release of The Anatomie and four years later Transmission was released which showed how much more the band had evolved with their sound. Following this same timeline, 2003 would see the release of Power which was released on the synthpop label A Different Drum.|
These four great releases have created a nice following in the growing synthpop scene even though their latest sound doesn't exactly fit nicely right into the genre. From the earlier years the industrial and new wave elements were heavily present in the style of classic Depeche Mode tracks. With each new album the style has gradually grown towards a trancey, hipnotic sound with tracks moving away from the standard four to five minute dance tracks into the realm of eight to ten minute rhythmic and trance selections. This is especially evident in the latest two albums Power and Transmission.
This duo doesn't perform live very much, but when they do they put on an excellent show. I have heard various reviews over the years and was finally able to catch a glimpse of a live performance at the Synthpop Festival in Salt Lake City over Labor Day weekend. It was just Alan with help from label-mate Breye of Provision on keyboards. The show and performance was extremely powerful with his smooth vocals, live percussion and various live samples and loops. It was an incredible performance to watch, something I would highly recommend seeing if you get the rare chance.
This group has proven they can change and find their own unique sound, breaking boundaries and maintain a solid fanbase. You can hear selections on the Club mix radio show, so check them out.
Voice Historie Review
This release has become a real gem in my music collection. While I enjoy much of the trancey elements from this group, the earlier tracks with a solid mix of industrial and synthpop crossover are just that much more enjoyable and catchy for fans of these genres to catch onto. This release is great because it captures the first three releases before Voice Industrie signed up with A Different Drum. So this 2-disc collection is sure to please and open the doors to many fans that are unaware of the extreme talents this duo has.
Because I'm not familiar enough with these earlier releases, I'm not sure if the tracks appear in any certain order of release date or if they're just randomly placed to fit best on the 2 CDs. However, it does appear that the earlier, more dance-friendly industrial-related tracks appear more on the first disc and the first few songs of the second. While the later selections seem to be the dreamy, long trance tracks with drawn-out loops that build and fade over eight to ten minutes.
"Sterility" kicks off the album and has quickly become an overall favorite from this group. The solid pounding rhythms caught me completely off guard since I became acquainted with their sound mostly in their later years when the tracks are more trance-oriented. "Departure" and "Tempest" follow along these same lines and quickly captured my attention as club-friendly tracks. As a club DJ and an avid fan of synthpop and industrial music, these seemed to be the natural fit for my style.
Just because I point out these tracks doesn't mean that's what this album is all about, or that the rest of the album doesn't contain great material. A couple of the remixed tracks seem to drag on a little with the loops and distractions, but overall everything is solid, well presented material. When I first noticed the track length of some songs like "Infected" and both mixes of "Transporter" which clock in at 12 and 14 minutes, I wasn't sure what to expect, and thought they might drag on a bit. But these actually turned out to be very enjoyable selections making every last second count. Every loop builds on the previous with ease, or fades perfectly and gives way to the next until you have a multi-layered trance-like collage of sounds that leave you wanting more, even after more than 10 minutes.
So, this is definitely the album you want to pick up from this group. This is a great way to introduce them and gives a nice variety of great electronic music.
Label: A Different Drum