Very few artists have achieved the technical uniqueness of Elektragaaz. Comprised of Netherlands-based electronic composer/songwriter Poppo Redband (or just Redband for short) and a slew of guests/contributors, Elektragaaz‘s dynamic and versatile signature sound began laying down its foundation in 2017 and began hitting the ground running since its inception. Even though there is a big level of mystery surrounding primary project leader Redband, Elektragaaz‘s atmospheric textures are laid down diligently in epic proportions on their debut EP “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1”.
This six-track juggernaut is likely unlike anything you’ve ever heard when it comes to style and composure. Blasting into an upbeat tempo with opening track “Cabin Fever”, this record immediately launches into an atmospheric assault that balances style and execution. The attentiveness to detail is very apparent from the start and continues through the track’s duration with a vast array of instrumental choices and melodic measures. This opener is highly effective and really delves deeply into the musicianship factors that Elektragaaz shows no shortage of. Another highlight of this album is the song “She Walks It Like She Talks It” which also incorporates dynamic tempos but brings the levels of uniqueness in a slightly different effective direction. But one song that has an anthemic quality is closing track “Dancin’ With The Queen of Hearts” which stylistically is more ballad-like but maintains a type of intricacy that focuses more on the distinction of energy as opposed to the more in-your-face technical touches this EP has plenty of. This track is definitely a standout of its calibre and further encapsulates the distinct uniqueness that is heard throughout the runtime of this EP and really showcases the artistic merit of this project in several angles.
This EP is also a record that has staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over, and will undoubtedly entice you to dive deeper into the Elektragaaz discography and career altogether. This EP is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is a record you need to hear to believe.
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We were beyond impressed with solo artist Forest Robots‘ third album when we reviewed it last June. Now in 2021, he has conjured up a fourth album that exceeds all expectations. The new record ‘Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning’ diligently showcases Forest Robots‘ evolution and really brings his signature sound to the forefront in this ten-track juggernaut.
Comprised of ambient guitar swells, atmospheric textures and anthemic electronic additives throughout the album’s duration, ‘Amongst A Landscape…” truly encompasses a multi layered sound that is articulately crafted and cleverly executed. The performance and production value parallels each other perfectly and the atmosphere of the album sets a tone that encapsulates many moods throughout. It has brilliant touches of Jazz, Indie, and Orchestral instrumentals with tons of different flavors in each song to bring a unique and captivating listening experience to anyone that encounters this album. It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions that have steep ups and downs, which really explores many different angles of Forest Robots‘ unique ambient style. It’s a record you need to hear to believe.
Each song meshes beautifully with the next and goes together like a storybook or concept album. The track “All Great Things Must Grow Through Dirt First” has a sampled sound of rain in the background and really puts an atmosphere into the song that is rarely heard. The dynamic use of sounds of nature really breathes life into this album and enhances the listening experience through the textures and chemistry that is conveyed in every song. It has insatiable staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over.
This album deserves multiple listens and you’ll discover something new each time you encounter it. You can listen to it exclusively on BandCamp and you can find several Forest Robots releases on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms.
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Fans of the gaming world will absolutely love this. Since the early 2000s, Keyboardist/Programmer and Producer Marc Armitage has been hitting the ground running in the music realm with his distinctive futuristic style and formulaic textures. He has put out many solid releases over the years and has amassed an insatiable fan base. And now, with the release of his newest EP ‘Augmented Soundtrack’, Armitage has undoubtedly raised the bar as he continues to soar to the top of his game.
Comprised of 6 brilliantly visceral tracks, ‘Augmented Soundtrack’ is a collection of electronically-infused cover songs from various popular video games including Deux Ex and Duke Nukem. Armitage uses his extensive experience in programming and production on this record to bring forth a futuristic aura that will leave gamers out there with a feeling of nostalgia like never before. He uses many layers throughout each song and is very attentive to detail when it comes to making every measure as wholesome as possible. The track “Stalker [Factory Reset v2]” is an energetically versatile listening experience with punchy grooves and jam packed with high gain guitars and hauntingly ominous melody choices. Each facet of this track is not only well executed with its songwriting structure, but also performed with absolute precision. This is definitely a personal favorite that really sets the tone for the record’s duration. “NYC Streets [Reamplified]” is another notable track with an anthemic atmosphere that continues to showcase the many angles of Armitage‘s artistic merit. It further explores his ability to craft songs with unparalleled performance value and really delves into his overall signature style. The keyboard scales divulge in melodies that not only stand at the forefront, but also contributes to the integrated and innovative structure that this song lays down with its foundation. It’s a magical listening experience and definitely brings every effective musicianship factor to the spotlight.
‘Augmented Soundtrack’ will definitely be beloved by veteran gamers out there spanning back the last few decades. It has that classic electronic sound we’ve come to know and love, but also takes on a modern twist that gives this record a perfect balance between originality and familiarity. This EP was officially released this past February and is currently available as a free download on Bandcamp. It’s also available on Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms as well. Be sure to give this one a listen – you’ll love every minute of it.
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