ALBUM METAWAVEPOP RELEASE: MARCH,
2002 REVIEW: APRIL 4, 2002
first Equatronic album "Shadowland" (now deleted) is one of
my all time favourite albums. It popped up from nowhere and was released
on a label known for more aggressive sounding bands and for not being
all that picky about the quality of their signings. I won't mention any
The key to good synthpop is, as I've rambled about a thousand times now,
quality song writing. Add personal vocals and catchy choruses and you're
undoubtedly part of the elite portion of this particular genre.
Equatronic, a k a Oliver Thom and Dorothea Brandt, take turns singing
on this, their third album and the first one on new German label MetaWavePop.
"Plas:tique", in its entirety, can't reach the almost ridiculous
heights of "Shadowland", but there are one or two songs that
can, "Kiss My Feet" being one of them. Simple, with bouncy bass
lines and Oliver's smooth voice hovering over layers of electronics. The
chorus is, as always when Thom is involved in the song writing, almost
annoyingly infectious. The same goes for "Shake It" and the
slower, heart breaking "Future", where a typical chorus is left
out, leaving more room for emotional mood outbursts.
"Plas:tique" compares well to their last album "Motivation",
overall I think it's slightly better, actually, and I hope this brings
Oliver Thom closer to stardom. He's one of those underrated song writers/vocalists
who really deserve it.