Genre/Influences: EBM, Dark-Electro, Minimal-Electro.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Laughter is a German duo set up in 2002! I can’t remember having heard of the band before, but it seems they originally started with Electro-Pop orientated songs and progressively evolved towards ‘harder’ compositions. The self-released “The Dark Wave” features four songs.
Content: The songs remind me of good-old 12” with an A- & B-side. Both songs from the A-side are more into Electro-Minimalism with an Industrial touch on top. The production of the vocals reminds me a bit of Dirk Ivens. The title song has been empowered with some guitar riffs. Both B-side tracks are more into EBM and remind me a bit of Paranoid. This is the harder side of the duo.
+ + + : I like EP’s featuring 4 different cuts; that’s a somewhat retro format I really like and, which gives the opportunity to get a better idea about the potential of a band instead of listening to EP’s with endless remixes. I also discovered a band with great composing skills; they maybe don’t deal with innovative ideas, but have a nose to create great, cold atmospheres and efficient EBM. There’s something to say about the 4 songs, but I have a little preference for both EBM-cuts.
– – – : I regret to have not heard of this formation before!
Conclusion: “The Dark Wave” is an EP, which will catch the attention of EBM and Dark-Electro lovers. I hope to hear more upcoming stuff from this band!
Best songs: “Everything Is Fine”, “Break A Man”, “Dark Wave”.