Genre/Influences: Electro-Wave, Medieval, Mystic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: German duo Bysmarque & Snowwhyte released their debut full length “Once Upon A Time” in 2019 on Echozone. They last year self-released this EP featuring five new songs. The band is driven by Roman Schilling and Melanie Graf who are both singing and composing the songs.
Content: “Mindkiller” clearly reveals an evolution in comparison with the band’s debut album. The influences are still Electro-Wave driven, but there also is a noticeable and intriguing Eastern sphere supporting the songs. There’s a mix of Ritual- and Medieval elements creating a somewhat mystic sound. Most of the vocals have been sung together, which sometimes result in a kind of sacred union, but which can also become sensual, evasive and even into lamentations format. The last song reveals a more cinematographic approach, which is accentuated by the spoken vocals.
+ + + : This EP reveals an interesting and noticeable evolution in influences. We no longer can speak about ‘classical’ Electro-Wave/Pop music, but a more creative exposure, which has something mystic-like. Bysmarque & Snowwhyte clearly have their own style, which is the best to discover with “Ascension”.
– – – : The songs don’t feature a real climax, mainly missing some power, which could have been injected by harder percussion (tribal) parts.
Conclusion: This band reveals an interesting potential and I think the best is yet to come; so let’s wait for their next work.
Best songs: “Ascension”, “The Golden Path”.