HOME-MADE CAKE OF THE DAY
ALBUM RABAZCO RELEASE: APRIL
7, 2003 REVIEW: APRIL 13, 2003
you think there are many electropop bands hailing from Germany? Well,
at least the last few years they have increased significantly. So much
that even I have had a hard time following all of them...
One of them, Days of Fate, may not be newcomers; they released their debut
"Gates" a couple of years ago, but they are an excellent example
of both sides of the German synthpop spectrum. While some cliches never
seem to disappear, Days of Fate have still managed to put together an
album that surpassed my expectations.
First of all (and I have bitched a hundred times about this before), their
vocalist sounds several classes better on "Home-made Cake of the
Day" than on the debut "Gates". Secondly, the songs have
matured, not in a pretentious, bad way, but in a necessary, qualitative
way. These two elements fueled by extensive synth driven sounds restored
my faith in the band as well as the synthpop underground, which seems
to undergo some form of general improvement at the moment. The vocals,
with that special German accent, remind me some of a personal favourite
band in the same vein called New Concept (who will soon release their
second album "The Outer Gates", by the way). I also came to
think of Celebrate the Nun, especially the single track "Nervous
Times" resemble some of the material on "Meanwhile".
One should perhaps also mention the frequent, but still with-held, use
of guitars on "Home-made Cake of the Day". It actually serves
to enrich the overall sound when used this way. Days of Fate have spent
a lot of time to produce their second album, but I'm absolutely certain
it was both crucial and healthy for them.
Fresh-sounding, newly branded synthpop from the German factory, the way
it should sound.