April 12, 2024

Kirlian Camera – Radio Signals For The Dying (Album – Dependent Records)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-Pop, Wave-Pop, Experimental.

Format: Digital, 2CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Angelo Bergamini set up Kirlian Camera more than forty years ago now. He remains the core member and has been assisted now for a while by singer Elena Alice Fossi. The line-up for this work has been completed by Mia W. Wallace, Alessandro Comerio, Thalìa Bellazecca and Terri Harrison. Notice by the way there also is a ‘deluxe’ edit available featuring a third disc. 

Content: There’s the elegant, sensual voice of Elena Alice Fossi and the music by Angelo Bergamini. The work sounds diversified, hard to catch but always connected to an Experimental/Dark-Pop style. There are songs to listen to and simply dream away and others to dance to; songs filled with elegance and refined with acoustic instruments and others leading us towards Experimental fields. There’s a song featuring sampling parts of Julian Assange, another one as a collaboration with Solitary Experiments and there’re cover versions of Depeche Mode and The Sound.

+ + + : I have often had the feeling of repeating myself when evoking Kirlian Camera but more than ever before I believe there’s no other formation like this Italian band. This is music without compromises which makes it authentic and timeless; Bergamini and his friends don’t follow trends and established genres but simply are a genre on their own. The album is diversified and never repeating itself. I prefer the danceable side of the work but more than anything else I think that without Elena Alice Fossi it would be another band and another album.

– – – : All stuff isn’t always easy to catch; sometimes complex and then Experimental and/or Cinematic.

Conclusion: Songs to cherish and dream away or simply to dance.

Best songs: “Götter, Geht Weg!”, “Stella Ominis”, “The Great Unknown”, “C.R.U.D.”

Rate: 7½.  

Artist: www.kirliancamera.com / www.facebook.com/kirliancamera.official

Label: www.dependent.de / www.facebook.com/dependent.records

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