Sunday, August 11, 2013

Nonsense by Thiefinger

This album by Thiefinger is quite diverse as it's got some 80s synth pop and funk influence on top of the more modern (albeit sterile) electronic music mold. It's well worth listening just for that. For some reason, I felt like giving my (deep) thoughts about each track in a very linear way. Note that my reviews are based on a couple of listens. I wish I could spend more time listening to tracks again and again to fully appreciate them, but I just don't have the time.

Track 1, "Total Fat", starts with a rather annoying vinyl crackle but other than that, it's a great opening track with a rather "off the beat" percussion. By the way, vinyl crackle is never a good thing.

Track 2, "Grim Reaper", starts rather well with heavy drumming and a gritty synth sound in the background. Then comes a distorted sampled voice which, I must say, didn't do anything for me.

Track 3, "Catch", catches the listener a bit by surprise with its 80s inspired synthesizer action. The tune itself gets a little bit cheesy at times with a not so great lead, but it still is a great track overall.

Track 4, "Fun", is also 80s inspired and is a bit on the cheesy side, not that it means it's a bad track (just needs some getting used to the synth sound).

Track 5, "La-Di-Da", goes into funk territory with its extremely heavy bass. It's a really good track.

Track 6, "Sugar Mountain", is more melody oriented with once again an off the beat drum part that is a bit underwhelming. It has a retro sounding lead and goes through quite a few interesting rhythmic changes, which is always a plus.

The album ends with track 7, "Lame", which is quite groovy and strong. It's always nice to a closing track that means something.

I know the review sounds a bit critical at times, but, let's be real here, this is a good album, otherwise it would not be featured on this fine blog.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Voodoo Economics by Adipsia

I have discovered Adipsia on reddit, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet, thanks to a subreddit I have created called TheseAreOurAlbums. You probably know by now that I am always on the lookout for melodic music. This offering by Adipsia hit the right spot as soon as you started streaming the album. It took about a month to finally write about it on Super Melodic Tracks, this very blog.

The first track, "Sin Significado", sets the tone with a sweet melodic riff that's driven through a series of rhythmic changes (nice drums by the way) and instruments (from some video game inspired bleeps, I think, to the always welcome electric guitar). The rest of the album is pretty much of the same vein with the heavy drumming (a bit underwhelming on track 6, "God Damn These Electric Sex Pants!!"), the cool melodies, and the frequent changes of atmosphere. The final track, "Teaching Patience Through Omission", is pretty much just a short melodic riff going through all kinds of motion in a minimal/hypnotic kind of way.

It's a good album, albeit short (only seven tracks), and I am glad to finally have it reviewed on the blog.