Monday, December 9, 2013

REVIEW: Optic Nest - Ride On Silver

8.25 out of 10

Anyone that wants to dabble in bizarro Synth Pop is a-o-k with me. In-fact, one of my favorite bands of all time is Fad Gadget. Optic Nest, although not necessarily "Fad Gadget comparable" (although maybe, if you mixed in Jarre with a dash of Talk Talk..), is re-mastering this field right now.

The title track from 'Ride On Silver' starts this album off in a truly bizarre manner. For some reason I am reminded of something straight out of a haunted house featured in Looney Tunes; "disturbing, but in a fun way".  From there a mixture of Lo-Fi synthesizers bleep and bloop between sultry layers of Space Drone, exploratory vocals, and a unique peak into Post-Industrial Future (Retro) Pop-tronica. Just be in a weird mood when you listen to this, you'll get it;]

If you're missing the early days (70's-80's) of Experimental Synth/Electro Pop you're gonna wanna get this.

Standout Tracks: Ride On Silver, Indigo Child, The Journey (hmmm..Throbbing Gristle-esque??), Energy Organ Farce (..yeah; TG-esque), Chromosphere

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