Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, minimal-pop.
Content: It’s not that easy to grasp the sound of this formation, but I definitely notice an atypical and minimal approach in electronics. It’s not exactly what I would call ‘traditional’ electro-pop music rather than a mix of pop elements together with atmospheric influences and some vintage sounds. Some songs are still featuring guitar parts played by guest musicians.
+ + + : The least I can say is that Ultra Arcanum composes a very own style, which is inspired by old-school electro influences and minimalism. It even becomes a bit experimental-like, making the originality of the record. Among the remixes I noticed an interesting and more danceable-like approach by the Canadian formation Techniques Berlin. Another interesting aspect is the digipak format adding an artistic touch to the work.
– – – : The songs are suffering from a lack of professional production, which might explain the rather flat sounds and the under-produced vocals (at least on a few songs). Even if this band definitely strives for an original sound approach, the sounds are sometimes a bit too ‘preset’-like.
Conclusion: Ultra Arcanum deals with an interesting sound, which is however hard to seize, but the main aspect is that the global production has to be improved.
Best songs: “A Final Loss”, “Strange Kinda Love – Techniques Berlin Remix”.