Neuroactive – In Rust We Trust (EP – Alfa Matrix)

By Jul 13,2021

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: Finnish Neuroactive last year struck back with their first album in several years. “Minor Side-Effects” saw the band reforming in its original line-up featuring Jarkko Tuohimaa plus Ville Brusi and Vesa Raine. “In Rust We Trust” is the third song taken from this album and released as the EP-title piece.

Content: The title song has been reworked and edited as 3 different versions; a “Club Mix”, “Retro Mix” and “Corrosion Mix”. The titles say enough about the approach of each remix. The good news is we also get 2 previously unreleased songs, which both sound in the true spirit of the last album. Neuroactive deals with Electro-Pop which has something atypical; space-driven and not carried by simple melody lines, but a minimal approach with a very recognizable sound.

+ + + : What I’ve always liked in the work of Neuroactive is the sound DNA; you simply recognize the band’s sound among numerous other Electro-Pop bands. It’s not that different from this EP. The different edits of “In Rust We Trust” are original. I’ve a preference for the “Retro Mix” revealing some good-old effects and the “Club Mix”. Getting 2 new songs is a cool gift for the fans.

– – – : The title song is not the one I would have chosen from the album, but that’s all about personal taste. Both new cuts are sweet, but not exactly adding a true bonus.

Conclusion: This new EP is not exactly the most successful one in the band’s history and a rather poorly inspired exposure of “Minor Side-Effects”, which has much more to offer…

Best songs: “In Rust We Trust – Retro Mix”, “In Rust We Trust – Club Mix”.

Rate: (6 ½)


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