Genre/Influences: Electro, Ambient-Electro.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “Memoirs” is the third album by Greek artist Manos Zafirakis. The album comes three years after “Kilonova”.
Content: Iris Manta hasn’t really changed the sound formula from previous albums. It remains a sound influenced by early Electronic pioneers, reminding me of JM Jarre, Tangerine Dream and co. The songs feature an astral sound dimension created by the typical old-styled Psychedelic leads. The album features 6 songs, which all are instrumental edits.
+ + + : The compositions of Iris Manta remain well-crafted and elaborated with subtle sonic details. Melody lines are more accentuated than on the previous work. I get the impression of listening to a refreshed version of Tangerine Dream. The analogue sound treatments and –effects have this unique touch of magic.
– – – : I personally experienced this work as a bit more ‘cliché’ than its predecessor. It’s a sound we’re familiar with for years so the songs become a bit predictable after a while.
Conclusion: If you like the early pioneers of Electronic music, you definitely are going to like this work.
Best songs: “Misguided”, “Tiny Distractions”.