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Review: Reizstrom – ‘Interferenz’
Since emerging in 2009 German electropop duo Skip Intro and Me Cha have spent a lot of time and dedication crafting themselves a very sophisticated sound. Uniting dance beats with and Mute-esque synth melodies with the kind of Teutonic song writing that Kraftwerk perfected in ’80s.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to download the band’s free EP ‘Invisible Force’ will already have had a taster of the direction of this album. But as the album unfolds it conveys a very complete picture as each song shares common stylistic elements which gives everything a discernible flow. That being said there are some very strong tracks that could comfortably stand alone in either a club or live setting. ‘It’s Your Turn’, ‘Invisible Force’, ‘Winners & Losers’ and ‘Despot’ all have that hit song sheen and will no doubt be highlights across the band’s career.
Where it does occasionally fall flat is in the unrelenting use of the slow, deep vocal style. On 90% of the album the vocals and the music mesh perfectly together, but there are occasions where the songs call for more expression that unfortunately never arrives.
Reizstrom have conceived and created and exquisite collection of sophisticated and intelligent synthpop that harks back to the genre’s experimental early years. It remains to be seen though whether they continue down this path, or whether they’ll shake their sound up for the next release.