Empire State Human – Housemuzik (Album – ScentAir Records)

By Jan 31,2020

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Genre/Influences: Electro-pop.

Format: Digital, CD.  

Background/Info: Irish musician and singer
Aidan Casserly is back on track with his Empire State Human sonic brainchild. “Housemuzik” was released in 2019 and is the second opus since this band’s ‘comeback’ in 2017 by the “Romo”-album.

Content: If you like ‘classic’ synth-pop songs, which are well-crafted and accomplished with carrying melody lines and this typical ‘retro’-touch, this is an album you are going to like. The main characteristic remains the unique voice of the artist; somewhat androgenic, but definitely a unique timbre of voice. Among the tracklist you’ll also find 2 short instrumental intermezzos.

+ + + : My comments are pretty comparable to the previous album of Empire State Human. The music is well-crafted, confirming great composing skills; carrying melody lines and a rather sophisticated production featuring multiple little details. On top of it all there’s this sweet, fragile and particular voice, which is one among thousands. Both instrumental cuts are excellent.

– – – : And here again I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Aidan Casserly’s timbre of voice; he’s a great singer, but I feel some aversion. Production-wise the songs sound a bit too compressed for my taste.

Conclusion: This album is maybe the best Empire State Human one in history; a fully accomplished composition with this little retro touch on top and a particular voice.

Best songs:“Sweet Point”, “House On Ocean Drive”, “B For Baby”.

Rate: (7).

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