Background/Info: The French Foretaste duo consisting of ‘XX’ (vocals) and ‘XY’ (machines) has already released so many cool albums on the French BOREDOMproduct. “Space Echoes” is their first album in 3 years revealing 11 songs. We previously already discovered the song “Lost In Space” taken from the self-titled EP plus 2 remixes of other songs featured on the new album.
Content: Foretaste remains faithful to their typical electro/synth-pop sound, which is carried by deep bass lines and bleeping sequences. There always is a vintage touch running through their work, which is mainly characterized by dry snare drums and multiple sound effects reminding me of Kraftwerk. A few tracks are even moving a step further, becoming more experimental.
The songs reveal an interesting progression. The lyrics are pretty catchy, which is an essential element The lyrics are pretty catchy, which is an essential element for synth-pop music. A rather new element is the use of a few symphonic arrangements, which add an extra volume and dimension in the songwriting.
The vocals remain sweet and somewhat fragile, but still icy and sensual. The timbre of voice of ‘XX’ sometimes reminds me of Propaganda.
+ + + : Foretaste remains an easy recognizable band because of their typical sound driven by multiple subtle bleeps. “Space Echoes” sounds more intimate than previous releases. It’s an opus filled with melancholia resulting in a few beautiful songs. But the work still reveals a few more danceable tracks accomplished with some cool retro-elements.
– – – : I experienced this new album as their most intimate one, maybe the most personal work they’ve ever made. But at the other side it also is the less accessible one when it comes to mention ‘danceable’ cuts. There for sure are several danceable songs featured, but most of the songs are more like inviting the listener to sit down, relax and simply listen. That’s a rather new item when listening to Foretaste.
Conclusion: Foretaste remains faithful to their great sound formula mixing vintage elements together with a personal touch. The music remains a beautiful exposure of creative electro-pop. “Space Echoes” sounds as their most personal work to date, but unfortunately not their best one when it comes to find potential ‘hits’. It however remains a great formation and a beautiful album you have to discover.
Best songs: “Higher”, “Paradise Of Broken Hearts”, “First Symptoms”, “One By One”, “Falling Babylon”.