COMPILATION PINK GORILLA RELEASE:
NOVEMBER, 2001 REVIEW: DECEMBER 13, 2001
owe much to the Internet in general and The Synthpop Network in particular for expanding my knowledge
on both modern and old school synthpop bands. It's heartbreaking to see
that loads and loads of talented bands struggle to get their music out
there for people to hear, but SPN is a big help for smaller bands, helping
them to promote their music.
Not long ago, the idea of releasing a compilation of exclusive tracks
entered the minds behind SPN and "Synthetik Wonderland" is the
first hard evidence of their admirable ambition. The content is a mixture
of established bands like Rational Youth, Red Flag and Beborn Beton and
modern favourites such as Echo Image, New Concept and Sweep.
collaborations are also included, one of them being the club friendly
opener "Empire of Lies" by Intact featuring The Diverge, and
the other a quirky synth experiment, "Mongo (for You)", signed
Red Light Distrikt, a k a Jarmo Ollila of Daily Planet and Robert Enforsen,
former Elegant Machinery member.
Among the highlights on this collection
of rarities are Sweep's "In Your Eyes (2001 MGR Mix)", with
its contrasting phases of monotony and frantic melody, A Spell Inside's
"Horizon (Ground Version)", where a ballad has transformed into
an intense dance number and Neuropa's "Away", simply because
this particular song shows how they should sound, with the vocals and
catchiness as main features.
This said, the mix of Beborn Beton's "Vorbei" and Obsc(y)re's
contribution, a remake of "Wounds", didn't make me jump of joy,
but seen as a whole, "Synthetik Wonderland" is perfectly balanced
synthpop combo, with appearances by many new talents, as well as some
of the genre giants. A refreshing ingredient is the inclusion of both
Spanish (Estatuas de Sol) and Norwegian lyrics (Echo Image), inducing
new life in the songs.
I'd recommend this to both the eighties synthpop fan who doesn't know
much about the current situation of the genre and to the contemporary
synthpop nut (=me!) because of the greatness and exclusiveness of the