Trepidation would be the word I'd use to describe my feelings about buying a new album by Project Pitchfork. True, their last two EP:s were excellent but were they a fluke? Was this just Spilles and Jansen toying with the fans, sharing a private joke?
"Kaskade" is the best album they have done since "Chakra:Red!". It has variety, it has innovation, it has guts. Combining accessibility without sacrificing their integrity, Pitchfork have found the elusive balance which their post "Chakra:Red!" albums never could. After releasing "Inferno" (which for the most part made them sound as if they were asleep at the controls), Project Pitchfork truly have gotten their mojo back.
Check out the first track of this disc "Instead of an Angle" for a darkwaver's paradise. The lead club single "The Future Is Now" attacks you without mercy. They continue on with the dance floor-bound "Fleischverstarker".
15 tracks; only one of them bad, the odious "A. Dream" which sounds a bit too much like funk music. Doesn't work. Probably one of Dirk's favs, no doubt. Five people now comprise the band, with two being strictly live players. All material was written by Spilles, Jansen and Schueber. I cannot praise them enough for the variation (once again) which they pack into this album. The choruses have never sounded better.
There is a lot of expectation heaped upon this act every time they release something new but they live up to their reputation with this one. I can only hope it will be followed by an EP or two. The album takes time to get into, requiring several listens but the pay-off is all the sweeter once you get into it. "View from a Throne" and "Trialog" were no one-offs.