The sublime synthpop of Swedish band Backlash had its North American debut back in August 2002. Impetus was originally released in Sweden in 2001 on the Memento Materia label. A best approximation of Backlash's sound is an amalgamation of classic 80's synthpop, the computer world of Kraftwerk circa 1980-1981, and innocuous Eurodisco. Malin Andersson's silky smooth vocal range is uncannily reminiscent of Shirley Manson mixed with Beth Gibbons. Unfortunately her strong vocals were sometimes buried a bit too deep in the mix and should have been more of a focal point. The band's obsession with heavily processed vocals aptly captured that Kraftwerkian retro element in the music. Niklas Lindquist (music, lyrics) and Oskar Lygner (music, producer, mixer, and engineer), the two original band members, have crafted a well-polished synthpop album that leaves one with the expectation that Backlash will be at the forefront of cutting edge synthpop for years to come. Songs such as Blind (Radio Edit) and Liberation are the perfect saccharine narcotic best suited for helping you forget about what it was that you were so upset about. A harder-edged song like Spirit In Reverse added a nice change of pace.
Artist Link: http://www.mementomateria.se