Genre/Influences: Electro, Industrial, IDM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Russian duo The-Pulsar is back on track, releasing their first new album in nine years. “Pathetics” is the band’s third official full length, again released on Advoxya Records.
Content: I would describe this album as a Russian alternative to Haujobb. There’s a similar taste for intelligent Electronics, mixing sophisticated sound treatments, great atmospheres and rhythms. The songs are cold, complex, but accessible.
+ + + : “Pathetics” is a well-crafted and elaborated production. The songs have been meticulously built up, often being pretty extended and also evolving into a few true sound climaxes. Both debut songs reveal this intelligent approach, but I would especially recommend listening to “Someone”. This song sounds more danceable and features amazing strings right at the end. Another attention grabber is “Run”, which confirms the band’s sophisticated writing although it remains a pretty accessible song.
– – – : The single aspect that could be improved is the production of the vocals.
Conclusion: The-Pulsar strikes back with a genius and visionary piece of Electronics.
Best songs: “Someone”, “Run”, “Grim Desire”, “Never Disappear”.