It's amazing how synthpop sneaks into the rest of the electronic scene from time to time. Luke Slater's Alright On Top is one such example, taking cues from legions of electronic pop bands. But where the similarities end is in the songwriting and vocals. Ricky Barrow, of British dance-turned-rock band The Aloof, collaborated on the album, providing lyrics as well as an incredibly unique voice to guide the listener through the nostalgiac yet futurist soundscapes created by Slater.
The album wastes no time, attacking you with a strong beat and killer bassline two seconds into the first track (and first single) Nothing At All. Easily the most commercial track on the album, it serves as a decent introduction to the unique stylings of Slater and Barrow, and also as a farewell to the sort of pop songs the world has come to know. From there, things get a little different. Blending jazz and soul with overly-processed drums and retro synthetics that would make Ganymede turn green with envy, the duo effortlessly work through ten of the oddest and most unique pop songs ever constructed.
This album is definitely not for those without a sense of adventure. Some of the arrangements, especially on tracks like Only You and Searchin' For A Dream will leave most scratching their heads in disbelief. But for those willing to leave behind what they know and go for a little ride, this album will not disappoint. The songs are odd, but catchy, and the sound is one that truly hasn't been done before. This is what synthpop bands and NYC Electroclashers alike wish they could be.
Highlights: Stars And Heroes, Take Us Apart
Artist Link: http://www.lukeslater.com