ALBUM CHAMPAGNE LAKE RELEASE:
DECEMBER, 2001 REVIEW: MARCH 4, 2002
the first few rounds in the CD player, I cursed the lack of vocals on
Transceive's first born. An entirely instrumental, but varied and exceptionally
balanced, album, "Intrigue" made me make solo waves in my bedroom.
At the same time I was somewhat annoyed by some of the included pieces
missing dark Dave Gahan-vocals. That was until I understood.
I initially listened to "Intrigue" in portions and changed tracks
quite often. That's a big no-no when it comes to instrumental albums with
some form of theme or element of continuity. Now, Transceive is nor ambient
neither trance or even techno, it's more like electronic music in the
vein of Front Line Assembly and Depeche Mode, with more melodies and effort
put into the soundscapes. The end product, "Intrigue", is the
labour of three years work by sole member, Englishman Steve Nelson. The
album shows a man managing to make the most of his machine park, without
following routine guidelines for electronic music.
It took me a while to appreciate "Intrigue" for what it is and
what it should be. But I know better now. If Steve feels the need to incorporate
vocals as an ingredient in his complex walls of sounds, I'd be the first
one to encourage it, though. It could add another dimension to his already