Genre/Influences: Italo-Disco, Electro-Pop.
Background/Info: “The Garden” is the debut full length of Swedish project Carl Eric. Some songs of the album have been previously released as singles and EP’s.
Content: The debut song is directly revealing the sound and influences of this artist who’s dealing with pure Italo-Disco. The production is touched by catchy and melodic structures carried by a danceable kick. The album features multiple cool, retro-tunes while I also noticed a few more Electro-Pop driven parts reminding me of OMD. The vocals have something sweet and sexy which is totally fitting with the sound.
+ + + : The opening cut “Lady Of Dusk” is a real great Italo-Disco song which could have been originally composed in the 80s. It’s a true earworm. “Beatbox Of My Heart” is another song in a similar vein. Globally speaking this is an accomplished production which especially for a debut album is a great surprise and discovery. This is music to make people happy.
– – – : I regret the album only features 9 songs; some pieces being a bit too sweet but there’s no reason to complain here.
Conclusion: Carl Eric is a new and sexy project which will appeal for lovers of Italo-Disco. Let’s keep an eye on this artist.
Best songs: “Lady Of Dusk”, “Beatbox Of My Heart”, “Close The Light”, “Hey You”, Fashion Blitz”.
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