Genre/Influences: Experimental, minimal-EBM, techno-body, electro-ambient.
Background/Info: Hardlab is a new French duo dealing with minimal electronics inspired by techno, industrial and EBM. “Standard For The Cursed” is the band’s debut album released on +Closer²; the sub-division of Unknown Pleasures Records. The album was mainly recorded during jam sessions.
Content: The work is an electronic melting pot revealing electro-ambient influences while the main content is clearly reminding me of 80s influences. These tracks are more danceable and clearly inspired by EBM formats, dark-techno elements and industrial sound treatments. A few songs feature some vocal lines.
+ + + : The fusion between industrial, EBM and dark-techno has been successfully accomplished. There’s a harmony between the different influences while the industrial sound treatments –which you also find back in the heavy kicks, accentuate the darker side of the album. EBM lovers will be pleased discovering the solid bass lines. Globally speaking it especially is the minimal approach from the composition I really like.
– – – : I’m not convinced by the ‘ambient’ part of the work while some extra vocals would have added a little extra.
Conclusion: Hardlab is an interesting discovery dealing with familiar music genres that have been mixed together. It sometimes sounds a bit chaotic although featuring several noticeable cuts.
Best songs: “Naked Masked”, “Rust And Spells”, “Standard For The Cursed”, “Time Has Come”.
Label: www.facebook.com/Closer²-411269699390997 /
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.
Donate Bitcoin to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin
Donate Ethereum to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum
Donate Tether to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Tether