By JC Luff
The arresting melange of patches, melodies, harmonies and drum samples setting stage in the “Synthetic Emotion” EP are most potent in their consonance with each other, materializing a sort of poetic design… something beyond electronica.
From the first note, this album has brought a magnetic tsunami to the table of my attention, including a myriad of philosophical considerations regarding the notion of artificial intelligence… and my relentlessly unexplainable desire to load “Synthetic Emotion” into my co-conspirators car stereo and take a midnight drive through the city, with a sub-woofer and more ice-coffee than any sane person would consider drinking, colored lights and the bewildered expressions of other travelers of the night trailing behind the windows to progress.
The synthesizer tones used are warm and well calibrated, with stereo imaging implicated brilliantly, invoking a genuine emotional response. The songs have both conceptual and musical dimensions of continuity through the album, keeping an engineered coherence most effective.
The percussion is well thought out in this album, as I detect analog hats, but could never for the life of me prove them to be there. The lyrics are most fascinating, and the vox is best in class. Transistor-clear vocals weave a neon clad and entrancing work of modern poetry, conjuring both deep thought and humbling silence simultaneously. “Synthetic Emotion” is a concept album of notable substance, a sure fire conversation-starter.
I have been listening to “Synthetic Emotion” on a loop for a while now, and with each play, another sonic nuance comes to light between pulses of the audio tapestry, rich with captivating signal processing and solid rhythm.
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#WEATNU Digital Magazine – Nov 3, 2015