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Review: Diskonnekted – ‘Hotel Existence’
After a long four years away rethinking and reinventing the band’s sound, Jan Dewulf and his cohorts have emerged with what can only really be described as a career defining album. Diskonnekted have always been a progressively orientated band and have rarely paid any attention to convention. However, for the first time the band sound truly unfettered from their electronic boundaries.
Conceptually based on a novel by acclaimed author Paul Auster, the album has a strong narrative edge driven by the emotive and engrossing vocal performance. However this is still an accessible and heavily beat and bass orientated album that will just as easily ensnare casual club listeners as well as the nerdier fans.
Songs such as ‘Conspiracy’, ‘Dark Place’, ‘Little Darkness’, ‘Neverland’ and ‘Tunnel Vision’ are all prime examples of this balance. Blending a vast palette of styles such as ebm, industrial, dubstep, glitch and techno with enviable ease each song feels fresh and really holds the listener’s interest across the entire length of the album.
It might be an old cliché but this is going to be a very hard album for the band to top and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Dewulf was to take another few years away before finally offering up a suitable successor.