Genre/Influences: Electro-Wave, Minimal-Electro.
Format: Digital, CDR.
Background/Info: Michaella and Dom are hailing from St. Louis (USA). They were previously active under another name and are now active under Wax Fruit moniker for a couple of years. Several digital singles were released and they this year joined hands together with No Part Of It to unleash their debut album featuring seven songs (which seems the fetish number of the label).
Content: The album features several previously released singles. The sound of this band is clearly inspired by 80s Electro-Wave/Pop music. The songs feature typical analogue sound treatments and effects, but it’s the entire spirit hanging over this work that smells like the good-old 80s spirit. There are several instrumental songs featured, but still a few tracks with vocals. The songs are pretty short, which is another link with the 80s.
+ + + : I was positively surprised discovering Wax Fruit, which sound-wise has nothing in common with the other label bands –mainly dealing with Industrial/Noise/Ambient/Experimental music. This album brings the 80s alive and especially the magic of the analogue sound treatments and sweeping effects are pure nostalgia to me. Every single piece has something thrilling and there’s no real song to throw away.
– – – : I regret the album is only featuring 7 short songs. There are 3 instrumental songs featured, which are fine, but a little bit more vocals could be a bonus.
Conclusion: Wax Fruit is a cool surprise if you like vintage electronic music connected with Electro-Wave/Pop music.
Best songs: “Synthetic Reality”, “Nightmares (Become Real)”, “Done Before”, “Julien & Juliet”.