Genre/Influences: Future-pop, electro-pop.
Background/Info: Set up in 2016 by Mike-E and singer Rush (known from his involvement with Alpha Point) “Awakening” is the first official full length from this electro-pop duo. They previously released a few digital EP’s.
Content: This work brings us back to the essence and golden years of future-pop music. This work will rapidly evoke bands such as Neuroticfish and VNV Nation, but also a contemporary formation such as Eisfabrik. The songs are carried by solid and ultra-danceable kicks and these typical leads coming through during the choruses.
+ + + : “Awakening” avoids any innovation although reveals a mature and professional production. The album has been composed with knowledge and a real passion to compose great sound treatments and alluring leads. It also is a perfect album to dance on, and which will maybe announce a definite return of future-pop music. “Awakening” also features a few happy sounding songs while I also enjoyed a few darker passages. Rush also is the perfect singer for this kind of music. Last, but not least I also have to say a word about the artistic digipak of this release. Notice by the way the album features 2 extra songs (remixes), which aren’t available on digital platforms.
– – – : Originality is hard to find and that’s somewhat disappointing as you rapidly get this déjà-vu feeling. It’s a bit of a copy-paste from the first future-pop productions so I guess that’s maybe an aspect to reconsider on further works.
Conclusion: “Awakening” is a cool and classical future-pop release featuring multiple cool songs.
Best songs: “Leave Me Confined”, “Reflection”, “Bring The Storm”, “Join The Light”, “Awakening”.
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