Genre/Influences: Wave-pop, EBM, minimal-electro.
Background/Info: Operating from Washington D.C (USA) Luna Blanc and Josh Clark set up Syzygyx (pronounced as siz-ehjix) in 2018. Last year they released a debut EP on Cold Transmission Music and this year unleashed their first full length. The album has been released in Europe on Cold Transmission Music and in the USA on Negative Gain Productions.
Content: The album features 15 songs, inviting the listener to discover the minimal-electro universe of Syzygyx. It’s not easy to define their sound, but there clearly is a mix between electro-wave, EBM and dark-pop. It all sounds pretty minimal-like. Luna Blanc sings in a rather sensual, but somewhat sterile way. There’s a truly vintage spirit hanging over this work, which sometimes reminds me of an imaginary hybrid between Yendri (for the global atmosphere and vocals as well) and Front 242 (for some early EBM elements).
+ + + : I can’t help it, I like electronic music with certain minimal approach. The 80s influences resulting from the icy strings and dry snare drums is great, but the main strength of this band is their personal approach. It resulted in multiple great songs and for a debut album “Fading Bodies” is absolutely impressive!
– – – : The sound formula remains pretty similar the entire album long, but it never bored me. The songs became just a little bit predictable after a while.
Conclusion: You better keep an eye on this band; Syzygyx appears to have huge potential and this work even sounds like one of the best debut albums of the year!
Best songs: “Die Like A Rock Star”, “Fragile, Handle With Care”, “Hold Tight”, “Dangerous Creature”, “Times Are Hard For Dreamers”, “Play With Fire”.
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