Saigon Blue Rain – OKO (Album – Icy Cold Records)

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

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Parisian (France) duo Saigon Blue rain ever started as Stupid Bitch Reject. A few albums have been released throughout the years. “OKO” is their first work released by Icy Cold Records.

Content: The work is clearly inspired by dark 80s standards which the band has adapted into a contemporary, dark, Dream-Pop style. The female half-spoken vocals are also reminding us of the 80s. The work is filled with Electronic reverie accentuated by dreamy strings.

+ + + : This album will appeal for lovers of 80s Dark/Cold-Wave nostalgia. There’s this typical spirit they transposed into a retro-modern sound. I especially enjoyed the debut part of the album and recommend listening to “The Mort”. Another great cut is the last track “Le Mal Secret” which is ending in a true, elevating, way.

– – – : This album is missing powerful guitar playing; it would for sure sound different, but injecting an extra boost.

Conclusion: I already heard more exciting projects released on Icy Cold Records although I think this band has the potential to do much better.

Best songs: “The Mort”, “Le Mal Secret”, “Visions”.

Rate: 6½.



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