Background/Info: Klack is the meeting between Eric Oehler (Null Device) and Matt Fanale (Caustic). Their work has been introduced as new-beat. “2400bps 8-N-1” has been released as an EP, but it rather looks as a mini-album featuring five songs. It was their second work released in 2019.
Content: Klack is filled with EBM retro-elements. It doesn’t directly make me think to new-beat, but sounds like good-old ‘funky’ EBM with vocals reminding me of Jean-Luc Demeyer. The songs are well-crafted, driven by a rather slow cadence and yet being very danceable. Klack sounds like the imaginary fusion between Front 242 and Kode IV.
+ + + : I like the global approach of this work, which is definitely retro-like, but accomplished with intelligence. Even if it’s old-styled, it sounds original and refreshing. This is the kind of project the electronic scene is missing. I was impressed by the songs “Discipline” and “The Games We Play”.
– – – : This is a great work, but maybe without the ‘ultimate’ hit!
Conclusion: Call it EBM or new-beat, either way you’ll have to agree this duo has been touched by a great creative spirit accomplishing a cool production. I can only encourage Klack to move on!
Best songs: “Discipline”, “The Games We Play”, “Take Me Now”.
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