INFACTED RELEASE: MAY 10,
2004 REVIEW: JUNE 16, 2004
From nowhere to moderate stardom.
An easy way to describe the progression
of Swiss/Danish duo NamNamBulu. Vocalist
Henrik Iversen and songwriter Vasi
Vallis released their debut EP "Blind?"
on their own a few years back and
got picked up pretty quickly by newly
founded German label Infacted Recordings.
A full length, "Distances",
was released last year to great acclaim
within the more dance oriented synthpop
Now, "Expansion" serves
us rather bland remixes of tracks
from that album, adding nothing but
heavier beats and more repetition.
The real treat of the album is the
packet of new songs, some of which
are intelligently built synthetic
pop, while some seem to struggle with
an unnecessary futurepop complex,
pulling focus away from the initial
song strength and replacing it with
long instrumental club parts. Clichéd
lyrics are pretty common within the
genre and, sadly, "Expansion"
can not be excluded. Iversen's voice
is pretty powerful overall, though.
So, NamNamBulu can deliver. The question
is if they choose to do so.