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[ Dark Awakening Vol. 5 ]
[ Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Soundtrack ]
[ Different (Black Rain Label DVD Video Compilation ]
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[ Electronic Manifesto ]
[ Elektresch! 2 ]
[ Fairy World V - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Fairy World II - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Fairy World - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Infact Your Mind ]
[ Join The Dark Side, We Have The Music! - AF Music ]
[ Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Lightwaves Part II ]
[ My Dear Freaks 2 ]
[ My Dear Freaks ]
[ Projekt 200 ]
[ Projekt 2008 Label Sampler ]
[ Ornamental ]
[ Sleepwatching DVD ]
[ Summoning Of The Muse: A Tribute To Dead Can Dance ]
[ Under the Weight of Light ]
[ When Angels Die ]
Atmosphere Around Us - Review
This band is formed of the duo Alex Twin and Ann Goldacker. They got their start a few years ago and this debut album is the result of the work during that time. Released on Wave Records this year, we're presented with a solid mix of female-fronted dream-pop meets electro-goth rock sounds. We're treated with ten tracks that give us a nice taste of their sound and good collection of this upbeat music.

"Cinema of Soul" kicks off the album and gives us one of the few tracks sun mostly in german. It also introduces us to this unique mix of female-fronted dream-pop with a heavy electro-goth foundation and tribal beats moving the music along. This picks up slightly with "Voices" which is a more club-friendly piece and upbeat for those fans of dance music. From time to time we hear some 80's influence mixed in with the new electro sound, especially with the next piece "Time" which infuses the classic synth sound with the solid style this band brings to the scene.

While there's nothing really "ethereal" per se that would be included on our Ethereal Mix here, it still has that softer sound. The mix of electronics and the moving beats keep this album more fit for the dance floor or mid-tempo listening, but the edge is taken away with their unique mix of styles and Ann's vocals. "True Lies" has this softer feel to it, but this gives way on the next piece "Unreale Welt" with an excellent medieval tribal rhythm underpinning the moving electronics. The title track is another piece that explores the darker, more ethereal styles, but continues to have a heavy beat, though more of a slow dirge.

There are several dance-friendly pieces, including the aforementioned "Voices" and "Time", but "Burning Soul" picks right back up with the dance-friendly beats and has been a solid piece on our club mix radio show with a great response from our listeners and a favorite from this album. "Drowned" also has a similar vibe and is something the people into more of a symphonic goth sound can enjoy. After the dreary, yet motivational piece "Don't Give Away Your Dreams", we wrap up the album in true Wintry style with "Words", featuring that moving beat over pulsating electronics and Ann's smooth vocals.

This is a nice album while somewhat homogenous, the tracks are different enough to provide a little different perspective on their style throughout the ten tracks. Ann's vocals remain the solid foundation draped over the pulsating synths and tribal rhythms that cross so many genre lines, but fit nicely right within the electro-pop world with a gothic edge to it.

Rating: 4/5


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