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THE ELECTROGARDEN MUSIC REVIEW POST

  DE-SYNCHRONIZED
    by SYRIAN
  Posted: 07.02.2003
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   Your Rating:?Avg:8.4:  Ratings:5:  High:9:  Low:7:  Member Reviews:2View
TRACK LISTING

1. She Is The Dark
2. No Atmosphere
3. De-Synchronized
4. Vision 215
5. One More Mission
6. Vega Velocity
7. Wasted Years
8. Starless
9. Now Is Forever
10. Nova 3001

  LABEL:  A Different Drum
  RELEASED:  2003

SYRIAN

DE-SYNCHRONIZED

The first time I heard this debut from this Italian duo I thought it sounded a bit too lightweight and fey for comfort. Now I've listened to it a few more times and got into what they're about more it's true that although this initial reaction was greatly exaggerated this is definately one for the pop end of 'future pop' (which is how ADD have classed the band) as, while the beats are strong enough and the widespread trance elements are used to good effect throughout they do have an easily accessable dancey sound that could even appeal to those who enjoy dance albums such as the "Euphoria" series. The vocodered and heavily accented vocal style gives the band a more characteristic touch with the opening "She Is The Dark" makes good use of this and the choruses as a whole should become easily recognisable quite quickly although I'm not sure that when many people hear "Wasted Years" they won't be wondering if this is the latest Neuroticfisch single while the melodic and lively "No Atmosphere" comes across as a lighter version of Icon Of Coil. Such likenesses can only mean that a good deal of dancefloor success is on the cards as the duo succesfully mix future pop and synthpop stylings to good effect, an approach that pays dividends for the band throughout (even if "Vision 215 is dangerously lightweight!!) right until the album's end with "Now Is Forever" and the slightly funky closer "Nova 3001" giving you another chance to get yourself moving. Encouragingly, the slower "One More Mission" (which is the album's highlight, in my opinion!) and the Kraftwerk-like touches of the title track help to ward off any worries that Syrian might prove to be a one-trick pony, promoting a wider variety of moods and tempi that is most welcome in making this a more rounded album which should, in tung give it a much longer lasting appeal. This approach is taken to it's logical conclusion with the nicely melodic "Starless" which has a slightly ambient mood to it.

Although very much sticking to an established electro blueprint Syrian manage to add enough interesting ideas to this debut which makes it a worthwhile purchase for those who like their music free of harshness without becoming bland.


RATING: 7

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

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 Carl Jenkinson

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MEMBER REVIEWS

DjDarclight 
RATING: 8

I wasnít too thrilled with this cd, until someone at my club requested the title track. It sounded great in the club, so I gave it another listen. I love it now.
[XP8] 
RATING: 9

Probably the best album Iíve heard in the last months!

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