You might have heard this track a while ago on the "Septic III" sampler when I remarked that Stochastic Theory seemed to be Dependent's replacements for Covenant and VNV Nation (a position which Pride and Fall seem to have taken in the meantime!) but this 4 track EP was actually released under the band's own steam and offers a tantalising glimpse of a promising act. The brains behind ST is one Chuck Spencer who many will know as DJ and who, like many other synthpop/EBM DJs had the urge to have a go at making music himself. He's made a fine job of it, too with a title track that will certainly appeal to synthpoppers with the all-important memorable chorus and a touch of 'future pop' in a combination that is bound to have wide appeal.
Happily, instead of filling the album with remixes, Chuck adds 3 original tracks that confirm ST's promise with the rock-like rhythms that open "Crumble" widening the parameters slightly by veering away from the usual dancey/techno styles to an extent while some sampled (I think) guitar sounds give the slower, more introspective closer "No Amount" a modern electronica-type feel. The fact that Chuck is able and willing to inject such variation into his music so early in his musical career is an encouraging sign for the future, as is his undoubted songwriting ability, something that is proved once again by "Injuring Eternity" where scything synth chords and expressive sequencing contribute towards another enjoyable up-tempo number.
As this is written Chuck is working hard to finish the forthcoming album, due hopefully in early 2004 but in the meantime this is well worth checking out.
Artist Link: http://www.stochastictheory.com