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OctoLab – Mystery Park (Album – Electro Shock Records)

By Aug 2,2020

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Genre/Influences: Electro-pop.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Swedish duoArielle Andersson – Fredrik Lundvall Kindsäter is already active under the OctoLab moniker for several years, but didn’t release new work at regular basis. This new album got self-released and next released by Electro Shock Records on CD format.

Content: “Mystery Park” is clearly driven by electro-pop music. Even if the band claims to be inspired by numerous 80s new-wave artists they don’t fall into the trap of copying some of their idols. OctoLab sometimes reminds me to Ayria its power-pop approach. The songs are melodic, definitely danceable, sometimes even groovy-like or featuring acid treatments, but in the end the album appears to be a very personal interpretation of contemporary electro-music; a wink to their 80s idols with a refreshing and powerful touch on top. Arielle’s vocals inject a part of sensuality, but still power and passion to the work.

+ + + : This album is a well-crafted- and mature production. Several songs have been accomplished by external producers, which might explain the higher level; getting a second opinion is always a bonus! And it resulted in a few outstanding pieces such as the surprisingly groovy-like “Petite Little People” (previously released as EP title song) and “Sense Of Balance”, which is recovered with a sensual, Eastern atmosphere. But globally speaking the songs also reveal great sound treatments.

– – – : I don’t have major minus points expect a little fade out at some of the songs while a few passages are maybe a little less too dance-like.

Conclusion: OctoLab has accomplished a noticeable album, which is also their best exposure to date!

Best songs: “Petite Little People (Album Edit)”, “Sense Of Balance”, “Aim For His Head”, “Itchy Sounds”.

Rate: (7½).

Artist: www.facebook.com/pg/octolab.brilliantsound

Label: www.electro-shock-records.mozello.de / www.facebook.com/pages/Electro-Shock-Records/105471026168220



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