Site Search   TV Channel 1  Add this Player to my Google page. Add this Player to your MySpace page or personal website.
 Videos   Songs   Blogs   Forums   Podcast 

THE ELECTROGARDEN MUSIC REVIEW POST

  THE TIMELESS ROOM
    by OCTOLAB
  Posted: 01.18.2008
  13970 Views

  

   Your Rating:?Avg:N/A:  Ratings:0:  High:N/A:  Low:N/A:  Member Reviews:?:
TRACK LISTING

Hunting
Hidden Camera
Overcome Suspicion
Mindcontrol
Tv-Spell
Clouds Of Clowns
Made On Stage
The Doll
Tumbeldown
Timeless Room
Hunting (Bariuz Remix)
Tumbeldown (Disco Digitale Remix)
Tv-Spell (In[perfektion] Remix)

  LABEL:  Cryonica Records
  RELEASED:  2007

OCTOLAB

THE TIMELESS ROOM

Cryonica have been making a lot about this Swedish duo's supposed 'minimalist' synthpop sound but, to these ears, nothing on this fine album sounds any more minimalistic than most of the mid 90s Scandinavian synthpop bands that Fredrik & Arielle seem to be influenced by (such as Restricted Area or Perpetuum Mobile to pick a couple of obscure examples).

That's not to say they're in any way copyist (certainly notcompared to some bands I could mention!) but with its almost clinical, but not unemotional, approach it's sure to appeal to synthpop purists with its ever-so-slightly quirky edge aided by some endearingly odd turns of phrase, as well as that old stand-by, the vocodered vocals that add an extra harmonic element to the chorus of 'Mindcontrol', all combining to give the album a certain retro appeal. Only the electronica-flavoured 'Cloud Of Clowns' takes on any noticeably modern elements (a couple of the remixes notwithstanding) but it provides a nice change of pace & a definate contrast to the pacey & somewhat more strident 'TV-Spell', which preceeds it.

What really stands the album in good stead, though, is the constantly appealing compositional skills which might not make too many demands upon the listener but engage the mind time & time again with some fine sequencing adding to the appeal of 'Hidden Camera' & the lively 'Tumbledown' while the music does a decent job of complimenting the sensuous vocals of 'Made On Stage'. The highlights, however, come in the form of the title track where the absorbing melodics & fine vocals work together to fine effect & 'The Doll' which is an instantly memorable piece with a slight gothic appeal in the lyrics although the use of the phrase 'were' instead of 'was' ("the doll were crashed/against the wall she were smashed) might leave you with the impression that the duo are actually from Yorkshire! Still, this just adds character to the whole album which is sure to go down a storm with synthpoppers the world over so if that's your thing you'll not want to miss this!


RATING: 8

Artist Link:  http://www.cryonica.com
 

  Written By:  

 Carl Jenkinson

  Contact:  

 Contact Author

MEMBER REVIEWS

REVIEWS

RECENT | ALPHABETICALLY
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
(952) CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCE
(1462) TRANQUIL EYES
(6285) L.A. DRONES
(3600) STRESS
(4569) RATIONAL YOUTH
(4427) BOAN
(7838) SPATIAL RELATION
(7279) NINA BELIEF
(6957) DIDGES CHRIST SUPER DRUM
(9004) ALAN BRANDO PROJECT
(8854) DEUTSCHE BANK
(6531) ITALO DISCO: NEW GENERATION VOL 3
(6516) ITALO HOLIDAY VOL.2 (SUMMER EDITION)
(4799) THOMAS BAINAS
(3706) KRISTAN KIOR
(5630) BORIS ZHIVAGO
(4984) DIDGES CHRIST SUPERDRUM
(5580) ITALO HOLIDAY VOL. 1
(5421) ELEN CORA
(5171) ITALO DISCO: THE NEW GENERATION VOLUME 2
(6600) ITALO DISCO: THE NEW GENERATION
(4181) THE TEEN YEARS - VARIOUS ARTISTS
(8799) TRANQUIL EYES
(9953) MIRKO HIRSCH
(9061) ZYX ITALO DISCO COLLECTION - VARIOUS
(8323) THE HIDDEN TAPES - VARIOUS
(8375) JOSIE COTTON
(10267) STAND ALONE COMPLEX
(9390) THE ICARUS KID
(14229) JOHNNYM5
(16243) FRESH FOX
(11346) DREAMS OF MY SPACE - VARIOUS
(8449) STEFAN ERBE
(7036) ROBERT SCHROEDER
(13970) OCTOLAB
(7904) KINETIK
(7238) CYBERCIDE
(6904) GHOSTS ON MARS
(8466) ELECTRASET VARIOUS ARTISTS
(7672) TRANSCEIVE
(6769) SYNERGY
(6928) FRANK VAN BOGAERT - OUOF
(7039) CHRISTOPHER J. WRAY
(7492) NEON ELECTRONICS
(7478) CODENAME SUGAR
(6009) INTUITION - O & U
(8575) EMPLOSIA
(7095) RON BERRY - TEMPLES
(12437) ZOMBIE GIRL
(10873) LADYTRON
(7840) IN STRICT CONFIDENCE
(8725) GRANDCHAOS
(7387) THE KNIFE
(8617) THE NEON JUDGEMENT
(7649) CAPSIZE
(8036) MICHIGAN
(11687) LA FLOA MALDITA
(8384) RON BERRY
(7396) ATONALL
(9014) WOLFRAM SPYRA AND CHRIS LANG
(7737) ROTERSAND
(7409) ENDANGER
(8380) IRIS - RECONNECT
(8468) DROOM
(9730) ELECTRO SYNTHETIC REBELLION
(7777) MILES MACMILLAN
(7046) ELECTRASET
(7478) LETHARGY
(7829) DECLARATION
(8000) GREENHAUS
(6724) VOID CONSTRUCT
(8694) INVISIBLE COLLEGE
(10385) CODE 64
(8270) PANZERVEPS
(7688) LAMIA
(8608) SUICIDE COMMANDO - AXIS
(8017) GANYMEDE - SPACE AND TIME
(7110) THE FAIR SEX
(7916) BODY ARMOUR
(7604) CLAN OF XYMOX - FAREWELL
(7411) ESH - LIQUID BLUE
(9004) SPRAY
(7546) HORIZONTE LIED
(7163) DISTAIN
(7000) PRIDE AND FALL
(7630) MELOTRON
(7062) MASSIV IN MENSCH
(7030) CELLULOIDE
(9813) COMBICHRIST
(8210) ELEKTRONISCHE MASCHINE
(6903) STOCHASTIC THEORY
(7834) SWEEP
(11789) KMFDM
(7640) RUDY ADRIAN
(7153) RON BOOTS
(15531) CAN ATTILA
(7477) EUROVISION
(6891) VOICE INDUSTRIE
(7861) ESTATUAS DE SOL
(7341) KILLING OPHELIA
(11838) FICTIONAL
(7744) VARIOUS ARTISTS - ELECTRICITY 2
(6743) VARIOUS ARTISTS - TAKING NOTES
(11691) PAGE OF QUIRE
(7358) LIGHTS OF EUPHORIA
(7868) HIOCTAN
(7435) ECHORAUSCH
(7842) ASLAN FACTION
(7074) MALE OR FEMALE
(7761) SEVEN WORDS - WIPE THE SLATE
(11622) SELF DELUSION
(7364) JOINT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
(6846) NOTHING INSIDE
(7011) DIVERJE
(6959) ATOMIC BOX
(8339) THE ECHOING GREEN - WINTER
(7176) VARIOUS ARTISTS - SYNTHETIQUE
(7683) SYRIAN
(6876) RMI - MAELSTROM
(6790) RMI
(8145) INTUITION
(7969) COHAAGEN - LIVING ON VIDEO
(7113) INURE
(7075) DAYS OF FATE
(7888) ARTHUR LOVES PLASTIC
(7146) ROTERSAND
(11466) JESUS COMPLEX
(8447) AGENCY-X - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
(13305) NATURE DESTROYED
(7752) KRUSHED OPIATES
(7390) CONTROL.ORG
(7100) LOW TECHNICIANS
(10744) Y-LUK-O
(9851) VARIOUS ARTISTS-SONIC X
(7530) HUNGRY LUCY
(15675) W.I.T.
(7636) DEAD TURNS ALIVE
(8403) SUICIDE COMMANDO
(8657) GLIS
(7923) DIOXYDE
(8987) VARIOUS ARTISTS/CRYONICA
(7720) NUKLEON
(12047) I SATELLITE
(7714) VARIOUS ARTISTS
(13764) MACONDO
(12864) ECHO IMAGE
(7922) KINETIK
(7020) KINETIK - MARCONI
(7929) ADULT
(7656) NEGATIVE FORMAT - CM
(8927) STEVE ROACH AND JEFFREY FAYMAN
(12907) IRIS - AWAKENING
(7263) MINISTRY
(7250) DYNAMIC MASTERS
(8155) ROB ESSERS
(10218) FINAL SELECTION
(7647) EPSILON MINUS
(14856) MOUNT SIMS
(7486) NEXUS 8
(7037) DELICA
(6737) AGENCY-X
(7347) CYBORG ATTACK
(12160) DATA-BANK-A
(8661) AXOE
(7359) ERASURE
(7390) CAUSE AND EFFECT
(7382) VOICE INDUSTRIE
(13022) BACKLASH
(9773) ANDY PICKFORD
(11243) HARALD GROSSKOPF
(10843) X:MACHINA
(12412) V2A
(8658) JOHN FOXX
(7745) SEPTIC III - VARIOUS ARTISTS
(7309) STEFAN ERBE
(7129) EDEN ANTS
(7718) RUDY ADRIAN AND RON BOOTS
(11000) CONSPIRACY
(7969) IRIS
(9117) INTELLIGENT ELECTRO VARIOUS
(7013) DAVANTAGE
(6927) WXJL VARIOUS ARTISTS
(7429) VIRTUAL SERVER
(6493) VIRTUAL SERVER
(11521) UNTOLD DREAM
(7288) LEIAHDORUS
(7467) TIM GERWING
(7350) MOON ROCK - A DAY LIKE THIS EP
(7669) MASSIV IN MENSCH/NEGATIVE FORMAT
(6817) MOONROCK
(7001) MANNEQUIN DEPRESSIVES
(14766) BOOLE
(7822) NEUROPA
(6737) DAYS OF FATE
(7287) VOID CONSTRUCT
(7161) ARCHAOS
(7098) SWARF
(18851) A COVENANT OF THORNS
(7575) XER0 G
(8608) FREEZEPOP
(7763) CLAN OF XYMOX
(8496) SEVEN WORDS - FFG
(7078) THE SEPIA
(10526) LUSTMORD
(7663) FRANK VAN BOGAERT
(9404) THE RESIDENTS
(11254) MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER
(7433) ESH - ALPHA & OMEGA
(7498) ESH - MUSIC FOR HUMANS
(8258) GARY FLANAGAN
(8951) OTARION
(8213) PARADOXX
(9054) WAVE IN HEAD
(8149) FR/ACTION
(7727) SIMULATOR
(7556) GEBRAUCHE-MUSIK
(7989) SPAHN RANCH
(7424) INERTIA
(7300) RED FLAG
(7146) IRIS
(7781) GOD MODULE
(7360) NEUROACTIVE
(7135) BANABILA
(7469) PETER GABRIEL
(8678) ATTIC BASE
(7233) PHRAZE
(10130) BARRY ADAMSON
(7449) LUKE SLATER
(8283) CELLULOIDE
(7455) CONTROLLED BLEEDING
(7831) NEGATIVE FORMAT
(7248) SEVEN WORDS / ESH LIVE
(7633) PLEASURES REMAIN
(7921) SYNTHETIK WONDERLAND
(7964) EVOLUTION
(8005) STROMKERN
(12971) KIDNEYTHIEVES
(12497) GANYMEDE - EUR
(7191) GANYMEDE - FEP
(7105) GANYMEDE - NR
(10193) THEATRE OF TRAGEDY
(12398) RADIO BERLIN
(10761) NURSE WITH WOUND
(7743) ESH - POP ROBOT
(8236) ESH - MARTIAN ANTHEMS
(7624) SEVEN WORDS
(8287) HUMAN LEAGUE - LIVE
(8533) COSMICITY
(10178) BRAND NEW IDOL
(17811) T.O.Y.
(7866) NO COMMENT
(12097) BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL


ELECTROGARDEN | ARTIST NETWORK | TRACKS | MORE TRACKS | ARTISTS | MORE ARTISTS
NEWS | LIFE IS MUSIC | MAINSTREAM ARTICLES | ARTICLES | REVIEWS | FORUM | ARCHIVE | STORE | CONTACT | TERMS OF USE
THE ELECTROGARDEN NETWORK is a Trademark of ELECTROGARDEN.COM.
Copyright © 1999-2018 ELECTROGARDEN.COM, all rights reserved
Subscribers to Electrogarden Network Forums Feed Tweet this page! TWEET