April 12, 2024

BlakLight – The Padded Room (Album – BlakLight)

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Adam Collier (Beautiful Crisis, SilverScene) and Brian Belknap (Mind Machine, SilverScene) strike back with a new opus of BlakLight. The album was originally conceived as an instrumental album.

Content: “The Padded Room” sounds different from the American formation’s previous works. It sounds more Minimal and even a bit Experimental although holding on to the strong Electro-Pop basis of the band. There indeed is a kind of Cinematic touch recovering the songs which has been created by wafting synth parts and an explicit atmospheric side. Vocals have been added in a totally different way by loops and ghost-like effects.

+ + + : I don’t know what has been the true purpose of this work but BlakLight in a way reinvented their sound or just evolved exploring new sonic paths. The work this way has a visionary appeal while it’s however dominated by Minimalism. The Cinematic and overwhelming “Alone Again” is the perfect illustration of this evolution. Another essential song is the danceable “Away From Me” which is carried by great, vintage, sound treatments. The vocals are just reduced into a loop of the song’s title. This song would be the right cut to get exposed to club-remixes.

– – – : This work sounds totally different than previous albums and is less accessible. It’s more an Experimental work of Electro-Pop.

Conclusion: “The Padded Room” has less in common with previous albums but remains a well-crafted and mature production revealing further paths of Electro-Pop music.

Best songs: “Away From Me”, “Alone Again”, “Breathe”, “Redefine”, “This Is The Place”, “Craving”.

Rate: 8.


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