Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, indie-pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Ashes’N’Android is a new German project driven by Jörn Marquardt. The debut album “Razors Edge” was released early 2020 featuring eleven songs.
Content: The album takes off with a short track, kind of intro while the real first song reveals a techno-pop driven style featuring male- and female vocals. The more you walk through “Razors Edge” the more it becomes inspired by electro-pop music, which sometimes reminds me of Ashbury Heights. There also is an indie touch running through some songs while other cuts are more into ‘classic’ electro-pop. The last song is a remix by Toal.
+ + + : This debut full length is a real nice surprise; this is not just classic electro-pop music –although one of the best cuts (cf. “Can’t Count On You”) has something pretty Depeche Mode-like, but an original and elaborated production with some extra influences on top. The male-/female vocal duo is also an exciting aspect of the work revealing two complementary singers. I already mentioned the excellent “Can’t Count On You”, but I also recommend “Versuching” feat. Neoklin, which has something overwhelming and the more indie-orientated title song. In a more technoid approach “When You Were All Mine” probably is one of the most original tracks.
– – – : I sometimes get the feeling Ashes’N’Android is still in search of their own style; they’re mixing different elements together, which creates variety, but not always a real compact result.
Conclusion: This album reveals a true potential and is a successful debut. Some aspects can be improved, but this album is a solid basis to move on with. Let’s keep this name in mind!
Best songs: “Can’t Count On You”, “Versuching”, “When You Were All Mine”, “Razors Edge”.