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- The Optimist
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Skinner Box - Life Is Chemistry [EP] (2013) - Review

Band: Skinner Box
Album title: Life Is Chemistry [EP]
Release date: 1 March 2013
Label: AF-music

Tracklisting:
01. Goldfish Memory
02. A Passage In Time
03. O-Type
04. Paperdoll People
05. Slow Motion

It seems that guys from German label AF-music really know how to find out some great newcomers to the dark music scene and by digging up this Greek band they've really had a golden hand. It's hard to imagine that this band was formed only one year ago and that the members have almost no professional musical career behind them, as this studio debut from them is sounding like they've had at least ten years of activity behind. I was hooked by their music since they've revealed online their first song and was patiently waiting for this release.

EP in question Life Is Chemistry is mesmerizing work, containing five tracks, full of extravagant melodies, catchy refrains and somehow relaxing, yet dynamic music. The first song up here "Goldfish Memory" is an absolute hit, its refrain is captivating and I'm sure that you'll whisper it many times after hearing it. Vana has a beautiful voice, very atmospheric, emotional and somehow warm and sexy. I've had a feeling of listening to Florence (Florence + The Machine), mixed with Siouxie, Helen Vogt (Flowing Tears) and Nienke de Jong (ex Autumn). Not to speak of great, yet melancholic guitar passages and riffs under the hand of Spyros Mitrokotsas, producing melodies that even Robert Smith from The Cure could be proud of, listen for example to "O-Type" or "A Passage In Time" and you'll get my point. Bass lines are another thing that must be noted, sometimes taking the front role, still giving that calm pace to the music. Occasionally the band deepens the atmosphere with some keys.  Skinner Box music is compact enough, even if there could be found many different musical styles in it, from alternative rock, indie, gothic rock, trip hop, dark wave, but I believe that we can say in two words that this is post-rock and no harm is done. It's not difficult to get driven away by the flowing song structures where they use a lot of simple popy lines, the only thing that I miss is a bit more of energy and power. Still this fact doesn't hurt here, but when the band is going to make a full lenght album that could be a problem and I think that they are aware of this as they already added a second guitarist into the line-up.

Life Is Chemistry is a briliant debut and beside musical excellence it offers a lot also from lyrical point. I believe that each listener will think about his own actions in life after careful listen. Interesting album artwork and incredible production, considering again that this is their first studio effort, completes the picture. Now, please relax and get your own dose of Skinner Box.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Near Earth Orbit
Album title: Trans Neptunian Objects
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Solar Lodge

We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now Artaud Seth (Garden Of Delight, Merciful Nuns, Lutherion) and Ashley Dayour (Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Coma Divine,...) are deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this. It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects. Musically the new effort by Artaud and Ashley differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects is a strong and dark album from every possible point of view, it's a solid and extraordinary release, perfectly capturing the feeling and experience of being in the vastness of space, yet it's very well produced piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.

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