Background/Info: Victoria Lukas and Jauzas The Shining move on withtheir collaborative efforts, which already resulted in a few releases. After the “Multiple”-EP released last year, this new work is their second production released by the French label Space Factory.
Content: “Scrutinizing You” features 4 tracks, which clearly are still a deeper exploration of the project’s minimal electro path. The songs are composed with retro sound treatments while driven by a slow cadence. It totally fits with the half spoken production of the (female) vocals. Both last songs –featuring the title track, are more evasive and reveal a mysterious sphere.
+ + + : I still like the minimalism of the composition and the magic emerging from the vintage sound treatments. The vocals together with the slow tempo both also inject a sensual touch to the work. I especially like the opening track “Where Have You Been”.
– – – : This EP is missing a real highlight. The sphere has something monotone and sound even a bit surprising for the Space Factory roster.
Conclusion: After having listened to “Multiple” I got the feeling there’s more potential hiding in this project. Unfortunately “Scrutinizing You” doesn’t really convince me.
Best songs: “Where Have You Been”.