Category Archives: Electronica

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We Are Not an Island (album) by Vib Gyor

First released on iTunes, We Are Not an Island is the debut album of unsigned English Alternative rock band Vib Gyor

We Are Not an Island displays polish and flair rarely seen in debut albums with a stunning unification of piano melodies, the heart-wrenching vocals of Dave Fendick and complimentary synth effects.

Although Vib Gyor is no longer in existence – Fendick and drummer Jonny Hooker have continued to make music under their new project, Fossil Collective.

-Mark

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Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (album) by M83

Named after the spiral galaxy Messier 83, French electronic and synthpop band M83 has produced their best album to date with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

 

 

This double album (two CDs) features some of the best songs I’ve ever heard in this genre with memorable singles such as “Steve McQueen”, “Midnight City” and “Outro”.

The album’s closing single “Outro” alone has appeared in no less than seven different films and television series, including

  • Art Of Flight
  • Top Gear (season 17)
  • Gossip Girl (season 5)
  • Cloud Atlas (trailer)
  • Once Upon A Time (trailer)
  • The Feynman Series (part 4)
  • Africa by David Attenborough (Episode 2)

Where this album really stands out is at the climax of each song, especially the ones mentioned above. In an explosion of layered sounds and melodies, it completely overwhelms the senses.

Some critics however, are displeased with the lack of depth of the album, which also includes a number of repetitive themes and poorly conceived ideas to fill out the spaces. Although I can’t help but agree, I still feel that the overall impact of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has not been completely diluted by some of its weaker singles.

The lyrics are also hard to decipher through listening alone, a minor problem attributed to the heavily accented English of lead vocalist and founder Anthony Gonzalez. Personally, I find it easier to treat his voice as just another instrument in the entire experience.

-Mark

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London Grammar

London Grammar is a mysterious new band that has recently surfaced on the internet, capturing our attentions and bandwidth alike.

Through an amazing marriage of synthetic sounds with your average three-piece rock band instruments, they have managed to produce highly atmospheric music without sacrificing form and structure.

The lead female vocalist, Hannah Reid (right) has a beautiful contralto voice. Ranging from crystal clear vocals to low whispers, she weaves in and out effortlessly throughout their songs.

Metal and Dust

Among my favourite songs from London Grammar are:

  • Metal and Dust
  • Hey Now

Check out their links here:

http://www.londongrammar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/londongrammar

-Mark

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Cosy in the Rocket by Psapp

Cosy in the Rocket

“Cosy in the Rocket” is an adventurous experiment in the use of unconventional sounds.

Combined with the whimsical vocals of Galia Durant, this song makes for an interesting listening experience.

Made famous by being the main theme for the American television medical dramaGrey’s Anatomy. It’s also my current ringtone.

-Mark

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