Genre/Influences: Synth-pop, wave-pop.
Content: The German duo confirms their promising synth-pop skills. This is a mature and accomplished production opening with the cool “Silent Tears” featuring bass guitar played by Torsten Verlinden. The song is somewhat evasive-like, which is one of the main characteristics of Arctic Sunrise.
It’s a sound you can dream away on while always based on synth-pop music. Several guitar parts (played by a guest musician) add a touch of new-wave music and this unavoidable retro feeling from the 80s. The pop sound is melancholic and even moving into real sadness. I again noticed some links with De/Vision, and I also have to mention IAMX on the final song.
+ + + : “Traces End” is a beautiful electro/wave-pop album. The songs sound like a sweet perfume that leads you into a fantasy world among the stars. Crystalline bleeps reinforce this astral dimension of the music while the melancholic tunes will touch you in the deepest of inner self. I also have to mention the great singing of Torsten Verlinden who’s the perfect singer for this kind of music. This is a well-crafted work revealing several cool songs.
– – – : My single regret is that there’s not what I would call an absolute hit song. “Silent Tears”, “The End Of Things” and “Your Eyes” are all irresistible, but not the kind of hit you’ll play again and again.
Conclusion: Arctic Sunrise is one of the upcoming synth-pop formations, which I’m sure has the potential to really break through if they could compose a hit!
Best songs: “Silent Tears”, “The End Of Things”, “Your Eyes”, “Over Me”.