Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Mexican synth-pop artist Alejandro Marin is back on track. He unleashed this new full length album by the end of 2019. Since the project’s set up in 2008, an impressive number of productions have been released on ScentAir Records, Synthematik and Aquo Rec Records (which released the digital format of this new opus).
Content: Nórdika remains pretty faithful to its sound formula. The songs are clearly inspired by electro-pop music, but there’s something dark, melancholic and also minimal-minded running through the songs. The darker touch is emerging from the menacing bass lines while the melodies are carrying this taste of melancholia. There’re a few softer cuts featured, but the main part of the songs reveals harder kicks. The songs have been sung in English and Spanish.
+ + + : I’m not familiar with the entire discography of this band, but this work sounds to me as the most successful ones. Different aspects of the writing and production have been improved. There several noticeable elements like subtle little bleeps, melodic sequences, cool bass lines and the danceable side of the work.
– – – : The songs are pretty short and sometimes I would have liked to get some extended cuts. The main regret is the absence of a potential hit and that’s really a pity as this album is a nice, little surprise.
Conclusion: Nórdika is now active for more than ten years. I’m not saying this album will be the breakthrough, but it will appeal for electro-pop freaks in search of something different.
Best Songs: “Come With Me”, “Free Yourself”, “Sabor A Sal”, “Sálvate”.