Reconverb – Airport Oxygen Bar (Album – Cold Transmission Music)

By Aug 3,2021

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Genre/Influences: Dream-Pop, Cold-Wave, Shoegaze.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Reconverb is a Danish solo-project driven by Helge Vammen. After an instrumental debut album he now strikes back with a new opus, which has been produced, mixed and mastered by Portuguese artist Pedro Code.

Content: The sound of Reconverb clearly sounds as the offspring between different, but related styles. There for sure is a Cold-Wave atmosphere hanging over the production, but the songs are also injected with dark dream-Pop and elements of Shoegaze. The production of the vocals has this typical Dream-Pop/Shoegaze intonation. I sometimes get the feeling of listening to a sonic hybrid of The Cocteau Twins, The Cure and Jesus & The Mary Chain. Producer Pedro Code has been also very active singing on one of the songs, but also adding some extra sounds on a few more tracks. One of the cuts has been remixed by SYZYGYX.

+ + + : The sound formula is interesting and especially appeals for lovers of evasive dark music. The 80s influences have been perfectly incorporated creating this fuzzy, dreamy production. Music and vocals are perfectly matching, but it also sounds like a relief discovering the more charismatic vocals by producer Pedro Code.

– – – : I probably understand why the debut album was an instrumental one; the vocals aren’t bad at all, but  missing passion and maybe conviction. I’m also missing a true climax in the songs.

Conclusion: Reconverb has the inspiration and I like the idea to mix different genres together, but the global writing process needs a bit more elaboration.

Best songs: “Reverse Day”, “Sour Soll”, “Behind Closed Doors”.

Rate: (6 ½).


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