Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, wave-pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Cyto is a German duo set u around 2017/2018 by Christoph Schauer and Arc Morten. The based is based in Berlin and has released a debut mini-album “Dark Matter” in 2018 on Morphose. They joined Infacted Recordings to unleash a new mini-album of six songs.
Content: The debut is rather calm, but quite rapidly the music evolves into a carrying electro-pop format. The songs are melodious and powerful, sometimes reminding me a bit of Mesh, but with a very own approach on top. All songs are pretty entertaining and carried by cool leads.
+ + + : I first of all like the singers’ timbre of voice, which sometimes evokes Peter Heppner. It’s a sensual and naturally charismatic voice. Sound-wise I like the energy emerging from the songs, revealing a kind of power-pop empowered by some guitar (sampled?) tones. The tracks have been meticulously crafted revealing a mature production. I recommend listening to the title song to seize the band’s professionalism.
– – – : The work sounds cool and fully entertaining, but feels like it’s missing a true apotheosis.
Conclusion: Cyto is an interesting addition to the already impressive electro-pop roster of Infacted Recordings. There’s a truly potential hiding inside this band so let’s see where they’ll end.
Best songs: “Antimatter”, “Dressed To Creep”, “Awake 4. River Runs Red”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.