Background/Info: Softwave is a Danish duo set up in 2014 by Catrine Christensen and Jerry Olsen. They previously released several singles and unleashed their self-released debut album earlier this year.
Content: Softwave brings us back to electro-pop ‘purity’. Inspired by old-school synth-pop formations, they bring a melodic work, which might remind to Yazoo, Erasure and co. There’s a kind of happy melancholia running through their work. “Game On” features 3 previously released singles.
+ + + : Softwave already got a very positive response, mainly in their homeland, but also abroad. The band definitely deserves this enthusiasm as their work is styled and accomplished. The songs are achieved with carrying melodies while the sound treatments reveal this good-old vintage touch from the early synth-pop years. Catrine Christensen injects through her vocals some extra emotions. My favorite cut is “Reflected Memories”, which appears to be a new song on the album. Last, but not least, I also have to say a word about the great artwork of this vinyl, which is very professional.
– – – : The only single, but essential element I’m missing at the album is a real ‘hit’ song.
Conclusion: Softwave is for sure an interesting addition to the world-wide synth-pop roster. This is the kind of production getting people happy.
Best songs: “Reflected Memories”, “I Need Love”, “Something Is Missing”.
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