Fermion – Elegaic (Album – Fermion)
Genre/Influences: Wave-Pop, Cinematographic.
Background/Info: American duoAugustine Backer – Eric Shans (also involved with Phenotract) is back on track unleashing their second album one year after “We Are Nowhere”. They in the meantime accomplished a few cover versions of OMD and New Order, which also says something about their sources of inspiration.
Content: The tracklist is covering different influences, which are moving in between EBM (cf. “Colors Monochrome”) and darker Wave-Pop on New Order’s cover version of “Vanishing Point”. The sound became more evasive and Cinematographic at “Diode Glow” while the retro elements are always easy to remember, but more explicit on “White Dust”.
+ + + : The least I can say is that Fermion strives for a personal approach in sound and style. I think it works for the most Minimal-driven songs, but especially on “Colors Monochrome”, which sounds a personal interpretation of EBM. In a totally different style I also have to mention the ambient-like “Blurred Projections”, which is a well-crafted composition.
– – – : I can’t get away from the feeling there’s a kind of monotony supporting the songs and, which is also coming back in the production of the vocals. I’m missing a true passion.
Conclusion: This new opus by Fermion can’t again totally convince me, but might appeal to some retro-Electro heads.
Best songs: “Colors Monochrome”, “Blurred Projections”.
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