ALBUM ANGEL PRODUCTIONS RELEASE:
MAY, 2003 REVIEW: JUNE 5, 2003
currently seems to host the biggest plant school for electronic music.
Artist after artist in a seemingly endless stream of talented musicians.
Panzerveps is a new acquaintance for me, but they are in no way an exception
to the rule of Norwegian greatness.
The duo of Halvard Djupvik and Alex Jarlev have produced an album of eight
tracks entitled "Bastardlove" on the tiny Norwegian label Angel
Productions (home of X:Machina and Code 64 among others) and have done
so very well. It all sounds very crisp and fresh, right from the start
with "White Noise", a song with layers of both Depeche Mode
and Covenant. It is electronic and it is, to some extent, pop music, but
very much on the mellow side of things. Darkwave-ish synthpop, maybe?
While most of the tracks are rock solid, "Bastardlove" does
lack a proper "bull's eye" to kick things off, a strong single
candidate. Be that as it may, Panzerveps certainly deserve attention for
their professional image and strong songs overall. If you haven't yet
discovered Norway's electro scene, this is as good a start as, say, Echo
Image or Erlend Øye.