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08/01/2016 : BLINKY BLINKY COMPUTERBAND - Strange Electro Pop

BLINKY BLINKY COMPUTERBAND

Strange Electro Pop

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DanceElectroElectro PopPop

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08/01/2016, Ron SCHOONWATER

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The title almost says it all. Blinky Blinky Computerband makes electropop in every possible way. Strange Electro Pop is a masterful blend of different electro styles, sometimes like the electro godfathers Kraftwerk, just listen to Elektromann.

There’s a bit of everything. Walls is traditional EBM, while Sacred or 1378 (25 Years Of Wiedervereinigung) will score on any goth dance floor. Another great one is the dance song Stille with female vocals, or Getting Cold in which EBM meets dark electro. Berlin could have been a track by The Crüxshadows, even the vocals are similar. The 80s are an inspiration for One Step Closer, while Shrouded In Mystery has (because of the way the women sing) a touch of world music.

Blinky Blinky Computerband has made two CDs and they fascinate. In fact, if you are somewhat familiar with electro or dance, then Strange Electro Pop is a feast of recognition. The two CDs contain 35 songs. Such releases often are a sign that a band doesn't dare to choose between good or bad tracks. Not in this case, as after every song you’re curious what the next style will be. You notice the influences, but it stays irresistible.

https://blinkyblinkycomputerband.bandcamp.com/album/strange-electro-pop
 

Ron SCHOONWATER
08/01/2016


NL

De titel dekt de lading grotendeels. Blinky Blinky Computerband brengt elektropop in de breedste zin van het woord. Alleen het vreemde aspect komt duidelijk minder aan bod. Strange Electro Pop is een geslaagde mix van verschillende elektrostijlen. Soms neigt het naar Kraftwerk, luister bijv. naar Elektromann.

Blinky Blinky Computerband varieert er echter flink op los. Het nummer Walls zoekt het bijvoorbeeld meer in traditionele EBM, terwijl het daaropvolgende Sacred of 1378 (25 Years Of Wiedervereinigung) het op elke gothicdansvloer aardig zal doen. Opvallend is ook het dancenummer Stille dat vrouwelijke vocals bevat, of Getting Cold waarin EBM en dark electro elkaar ontmoeten. Berlin had zo een nummer van The Crüxshadows kunnen zijn, zelfs de zang lijkt er erg op. De jaren 80 zijn een duidelijke inspiratie voor One Step Closer, terwijl in Shrouded In Mystery door de wijze waarop de zangeressen zingen ook een vleugje wereldmuziek doordringt.

Eigenlijk weet Blinky Blinky Computerband twee cd’s lang te boeien. Als je enigszins met elektropop of dance vertrouwd bent, dan is Strange Electro Pop een feest van herkenning, maar niet van herhaling. Twee cd’s met daarop 35 nummers uitbrengen is vaak een teken dat de band niet durfde te kiezen wat goed is of niet. In dit geval stelt het resultaat echter helemaal niet teleur. Sterker nog, het is na elk nummer weer afwachten welke muziekstroming de band nu weer als invloed zal gebruiken. Vreemd is het niet, omdat de invloeden duidelijk te herleiden zijn, maar lekker is het wel.

https://blinkyblinkycomputerband.bandcamp.com/album/strange-electro-pop
 

Ron SCHOONWATER
08/01/2016


 

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