Plas – Messenger (CD Album – LWD Records)
Genre/Influences: Indie-pop, pop-rock.
Background/Info: Plas hails from the North-West of England. Influences are wide ranging, including Gary Numan, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Suede, Beck and Liam Lynch. They so far released the album “Here In This Room”, and the “Voyeur” and “Witchcraft”.
Content: “Messenger” has something pretty indie-pop like. Electronics and guitar parts create a perfect match, which has been on a few tracks empowered by breakbeat-like patterns. I also noticed a short and sphere-like instrumental song.
+ + + : I have a preference for the most dynamic cuts driven by breakbeat influences. I’m referring to the excellent title song and “This Is The World”. Globally speaking the songs are well-crafted revealing cool electro sound treatments and noticeable effects.
– – – : I sometimes get the impression Plas is still in search of a real sound identity. It feels like a sonic version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; quite indie-pop like at first sight, but also carried by breakbeats at other moments. There’s nothing wrong with diversity, but I think there’s more inside this band than what came out on “Messenger”.
Conclusion: “Messenger” reveals good ideas, but it’s not enough to speak about a fully convincing work. I’m however convinced this band can do much better as there’s really have something.
Best songs: “Messenger”, “This Is The World”, “Uniform”.
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