Genre/Influences: New-wave, rock-wave, rock-pop.
Content: The 80s influences are rapidly coming through and are sometimes pretty explicit. But Palais Ideal is not just emulating the magic of new-wave music, but still has a more personal touch, which sounds in between rock- and pop music. Guitar and electronics are pretty complementary. The songs are sung by a great and charismatic singer, which directly reveals his deep timbre of voice on the opening cut while excelling on “Funtime”.
+ + + : Palais Ideal seduced by great guitar playing injects power and emotion. The low and resonating bass lines are in perfect harmony with the guitar and reinforcing the new-wave inspiration. I already mentioned the great vocalist of this band who’s a real essential element of this band’s sound. “No Signal” is clearly influenced by several 80s bands; now darker and then more pop-driven. One of my favorite cuts is “A Black Noise” evoking some aspects of the legendary “Alice”-song from The Sisters Of Mercy.
– – – : The album is well-crafted, but is maybe missing that ‘absolute’ hit that would bring the band into the spotlights.
Conclusion: “No Signal” is a noticeable debut for this duo. The album has this good-old vintage appeal, which will get new-wave nostalgic fans out of their sleep.
Best songs: “A Black Noise”, “Invisible Eye”, “Deity”.