Reichsfeind – Living In Space (Album – Alfa Matrix)
Genre/Influences: Dark Electro-Pop.
Background/Info: The Belgian label Alfa Matrix recently signed Reichsfeind. The German project driven by Timo Revna is already active for a couple of years now. “Living In Space” was the German artist’s debut album released in 2017 on E-Noxe. Alfa Matrix is now releasing the back-catalogue of the band at their Bandcamp site. So this is an opportunity to (re)discover the twelve original songs plus four remixes of this work.
Content: There’s a manifest difference –or should I say evolution, between this debut album and the later released “Chasm Walk”. “Living In Space” sounds definitely more electro-Pop like, although always moving on the edge of darker sounds and effects. The sound production has something overwhelming, sometimes moving into harder cuts, which become more Aggreppo-like. But you’ll also notice a few softer pieces.
Remixes have been made by Rob Dust and Maneater while Kayfabe LaNoise made two remixes.
+ + + : The opening cut is the title song characterized by a true overwhelming production and a cool chorus. The tracklist is switching between Dark-Pop songs and a few heavier pieces moving on the edge of Aggreppo. “Detox” remains one of the absolute smashers of this work and in a way, showing the sonic path Reichsfeind should hold on its second album. Another attention grabber is “Carrousel”, which remains danceable, but still evasive. But the main strength from the album is for sure the very own approach in Electro-Pop music by this artist.
– – – : I’m not into the softer pieces of the album while the remixes don’t exactly add a bonus.
Conclusion: This work is a way to get an idea about how it all started for Reichsfeind, but I can already tell you that the best is yet to come…
Best songs: “Detox”, “Living In Space”, “Carrousel”.
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