Genre/Influences: Electro-wave, wave-pop.
Background/Info: Baltimore based Red This Ever has released this EP as a kind of bonus to their sixth full length “Attack!”. The EP features six new cuts plus four remixes.
Content: “Fringe” sounds in the same line as the “Attack!” album. This is electro-pop music with a polished production and great melody lines. Some passages are reminding me of good-old souvenirs from the new-wave period. The mix of electronics and guitar is perfectly balanced.
+ + + : This EP sounds in the spirit of the album, but is a little bit more diversified. The songs remain carried by solid melodies. The fusion of electro-pop and wave-pop is one of the main characteristics and I dare to say strengths of this work. Electronics and guitar are in perfect harmony. The final song “Only Survivor” is a pretty cool piece in the genre, which reminds me a bit of a mix between De/Vision and And One with guitar on top. The vocals create a perfect twist with the music. Among the remixes I mainly recommend the more club-friendly “Irresistible – DJ Warrings Pirate Chant Remix”.
– – – : My only regret is quite similar as for the “Attack!”-album; there are several cool songs featured on this EP, but no real hit that could bring Red This Ever in the spotlights of electro-pop.
Conclusion: “Fringe” is more ‘free-styled’ electro-pop than the last Red This Ever-album, but it’s a cool mix of different influences, which will appeal for electro-pop fans.
Best songs: “Only Survivor”, “”Irresistible – DJ Warrings Pirate Chant Remix”, “Underground”.
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