Background/Info: Swedish Machinista duo is back on track unleashing their third full length in history. The first album “Xenoglossy” was released in 2014 on Juggernaut Music Group, the second one “Garmonbozia” in 2015 on Analogue Trash Records while they now joined hands together with Infacted Recordings.
Content: Machinista remains faithful to their electro-pop sound formula, which they demonstrated with real talent on songs such “Arizona Lights” and “Salvation”. If you’re familiar with the band’s discography you’ll easily recognize this efficient and danceable electro-pop style. But I also noticed a few ‘harder’ cuts revealing bass lines reminding me to Eisfabrik. Next to the most danceable cuts, “Anthropocene” also brings a few softer, reverie-like songs.
+ + + : Machinista has for sure gained some maturity. The song writing remains interesting and even efficient at different songs, but the global sound production is much better now. The work reveals several beautiful songs for their emotional aspect –which is also noticeable in the vocal parts, but especially for their power to get people dancing! If you like Eisfabrik I highly recommend discovering “Let Darkness In” and “The Scare – Version”. The title song is also worthy of examination and reminds me a bit of early Apoptygma Berzerk. And if you prefer ‘traditional’ Machinista songs you for sure are going to like “Seconds Minutes Hours” and “Pain Of Every Day”.
– – – : I’m not that fond and less convinced by the softer passages from the album. There’s nothing wrong with softer cuts, but songs such as “Astrid” and “Universe Is Here” don’t belong to the band’s best exposures.
Conclusion: Machinista has signed a deal with a major label from the electronic alternative scene and that’s for sure an opportunity for this interesting band to gain a wider recognition.
Best songs: “The Scare – Version”, “Let Darkness In”, “Anthropocene”, “Seconds Minutes Hours”.