Background/Info: Hailing from Madrid (Spain) After The Rain strikes back with new work. The last production I heard was the double album “Kings Without A Crown + The Other Side Of The Crown” (2017) released on Scentair Records. This production was a re-release of the band’s debut album and former EP’s. We now get four new songs plus one remix.
Content: Yun L. Díaz and Jose Ícaro move one composing pure Electro-Pop with some extra guitar playing on a few cuts. The EP features 4 different songs, which are driven by danceable kicks and melodic sequences. “Fight” sounds a bit harder while “Somewhere Only With You” is the most emotional and soft piece of the work. Both songs left are somewhere in between also revealing some minimalism on “Foreigner”. Last, but not least there also is a remix of the song “Tired Hands” by Cyborgdrive.
+ + + : The sound production of the opening song “Game Over” is top-notch. It’s not the best song from the EP and yet technically fully accomplished. I’m more into the harder, beating –but still Pop driven, “Fight”. The main evolution of this band is that their sound became more personal, clearly taking some distance with Depeche Mode and Erasure, which were like their main sources of inspiration.
– – – : Five different songs here, but not one absolute hit. This is what this EP is missing.
Conclusion: After The Rain remains pure Electro-Pop, but the sound is now a bit more personal.
Best songs: “Fight”, “Tired Hands – Cyborgdrive Remix”, “Game Over”.