Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, dance-pop.
Background/Info: Set up in the 80s, Nature Of Wires after a long hibernation came back to life a few years ago now. The album “Cyber Rendezvous” together with singer ‘Countess M” released in 2016 on the now defunct Analogue Trash Records was an interesting introduction to this band. Gary Watts (core member) strikes back with a new singer Sarah Boucher delivering 4 new songs as appetizer to the announced new full length.
Content: “Reborn” features 4 different songs, which are moving in between raw electro-pop and dance-pop vibes. The female vocals are extremely powerful and with somewhat imagination reminding me of Alison Moyet. The electronics remain pretty rough and unpolished, but this ‘naughty’ approach makes the characteristic of the band’s sound.
+ + + : The new vocalist is a very passionate performer and for sure a plus for the band. Sound-wise I like the rough sound production, which is not that typical for electro-pop, but Nature Of Wires is not a ‘typical’ electro-formation. I like the wafting synth parts hanging over the songs and the excellent organ-like sequences at the end of “Human Nature”. This EP reveals 4 different cuts, which I personally prefer instead of a title song plus an endless list of remixes.
– – – : The only, but main problem with this EP, is that none of the tracks appear to be a potential hit.
Conclusion: After a promising album released 3 years ago now, I expected a bit more from this formation although the announced album will give us more information about their real potential and evolution in sound and production.
Best songs: “Fight”, “Human Nature”.