Despite citing bands such as The Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Erasure, Nitzer Ebb, Camouflage, Front 242, and Xymox as influences, the originality that Attic Base offers is remarkable. The bandís music is rooted in the classic Eighties style, with some techno thrown in the mix. Attic Base is not just another new wave, techno, or synthpop band. Night Vision is a stunning collection of original sound that never falters, walking the fine line between vulnerability and unwavering strength. The strength of the CD is exemplified by the sophisticated innocence of Melissa Melloís vocals combined with Matt and Michael Burtonís cinematic compositions. The listener is led past the vestige of sentimental smoke and ashes, to the silhouette of a futuristic city looming on the horizon filled with the promise of love and heartache.
It is incredibly difficult to admire something so deeply without slavishly copying it. Attic Base manages to honor their sacred electronic predecessors without sounding dated. To actually breathe fresh air into a genre inflated with talent and achievement is quite a feat indeed. The band manages to avoid the trap of trying to impress, keeping the vocals and synthesizers in perfect balance with quiet competency. This allows the music to be the focal point as opposed to the effort involved in making the music.
Following track 12 is a remixed version of River, which I found more to my liking than the track 10 version. Also recommended are Night Vision, The Sun, Watch Me, Splinter, Wake Up In Silence, and the remix version of Electric Butterfly. What keeps the CD fresh throughout is the high production quality, the sharing of the lead vocals, and of course, the well-crafted songs. From start to finish, this is an impressive CD.
Artist Link: http://www.atticbase.com