Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, techno-pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The Walking Icon is a new Russian duo set up by experienced artists from the national scene. Sasha Rempel (singer from Inspira) and Dmitry Osipov (Crocodile T.X., Thaivox) joined hands in 2018 and unleashed their debut full length one year later.
Content: ScentAir clearly enlarges their electro-pop horizon, this album being not a ‘classical’ electro-pop release. There’s a solid electro-pop foundation, but it has been achieved with extra influences like technoid sounds and tricks. The addition of vintage-like sound treatments also injects an extra creative touch to the work. Most of the songs are powerful and yet catchy. The vocals are mainly sung by Sasha Rempel, but there are also male backing vocals.
+ + + : One of the most noticeable cuts to seize the approach of this duo is “Flare”. This song is driven by amazing sonic treatments, which are in between techno and acid while it clearly remains electro-pop driven music. The entire album is the result of a well-crafted and intelligent writing process plus a mature production work. Next to the unique character of the work, this album is also diversified.
– – – : I think there’s more hiding in this album than what you can hear. It makes me say that the best is yet to come for The Walking Icon.
Conclusion: This is more than simply a promising debut; this album clearly reveals experienced musicians dealing with refreshing electro-pop music.
Best songs: “Flare”, “The Trick”, “Dead Heart Hard Funeral Smokin’ Mix by Sgt. Penarlaster”, “Iuventa”.