Analogue Blood - Equinox
UK-based industrial, rock, and general EDM artist Analogue Blood makes their return with their new EP “Equinox”. The five-track release has been inspired by the “euphoria of summertime and live music”. Written during the summer of 2021, Analogue Blood used their newfound freedom after certain restrictions were lifts to be creative. Thus, “Equinox” was born. “Equinox” shows that Analogue Blood still has a great understanding of driving dance beats, but some of the vocals don’t mix.
‘Celestial Equator’ is a pretty jumpy dance rock song. It has a short span of two-minutes and twenty-two seconds but does enough in that time period to keep the song moving. I wasn’t a huge fan of whatever digitized vocals they were using on the song. They felt unnecessary and weren’t exactly placed well in the mix. It’s as if they’re trying to be heard but drowning at the same time. Further dance rock bleeds through on the title track ‘Equinox’. Some of the electronic samples in the background, first heard around the twenty-nine second mark, don’t quite fit with the beat and serve as a distraction. The backing vocals on the single, though, are quite a nice effect and really come to fruition during the breakdown at the one-minute and twenty-five second mark.
Drum’n’bass mixed with a myriad of other effects is the main base for ‘Invisible’. Deep vocals fit for synthpop are sung on the song. However, I felt as if the lyrics were sung way too slow in comparison to the frenetic pace of the beat. It’s not a good contrast. While the music and the vocals don’t mix well, they aren’t bad on their own. ‘Let’s Keep On Dancing’ incorporates a thumpy techno rhythm with an ancient-sounding choral voice from afar. The final song on the album, ‘Hypnotise’, can be described with similar words of the previous tracks. It’s a dance rock track with a bit of techno inspiration. Slow vocals try to mesh with the fast pace once more, and although the vocals are swell, I still feel as if the lyrics are delivered too slow in comparison to the beat of the song.
Though I do have a myriad of gripes with “Equinox”, there’s no denying that Analogue Blood knows how to create fun music. Their electronic wizardry surely encourages anyone to get out on the dancefloor. However, their choice of vocals, or rather how they deliver their lyrics, often contrasts with the beat of the music. That’s the major scar on “Equinox” that keeps it from reaching even greater heights. Other than that, though, it’s a fairly solid EP. Seven out of ten!
This review was commissioned through our Ko-fi page.Jan 17 2022
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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