NamelessMusic • CD
Dance • Indie
27/07/2011, Didier BECU
When we received this album I didn't have a clue who Compact Space were, but collegue Dennis informed me that we're dealing with a mini-supergroup as this is the project formed by one Christian Eigner.
A name that immediately rings a bell with Depeche Mode-devotees, because not only did he pen down some tracks with Gahan, he was also their drummer for many years. Also involved in Compact Space is Daryl Bamonte ,who's not only involved with the synthpop-übermeisters, but with The Cure as well.
These two well respected musicians picked up singer Florian Kraemer and Compact Space was born. It's quite clear that they chose to be a band that can stand alone. There are no stickers on the cover to draw attention to the musical past of the members and music wise it's also quite different.
If you're forcing me to come up with a musical comparison, I'd say I'd go for LCD Soundsystem or Hot Chip, because Compact Space isn't averse to some 80's-influences (just check the great "Push Push"-single), but in general they will appeal more to an indie-audience than a synthpop one.
Having said that, some tracks reminded us of what Recoil is capable of. But, with nine tracks that have an acceptable level, we can only conclude that "Nameless" has its right of existence, and that's it.
Just a bit too bland for our taste.
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MACHINE DE GUERRE • Vanites
TRUMMERFRAU • Geschmacksmusterverletzung
WITHIN TEMPTATION • Sinéad EP
IN SCHERBEN • Dort an jenem Baume
SOL 19 • SOL 19
MARTIAL CANTEREL • Splitsingle with Tobias Bernstrup | 'Strange Land'
DARK UNSPOKEN • Diode in your head?
Same genre: DANCE
THE INVISIBLE • Patience
DJ SHADOW • The Mountain Will Fall
MONOLITH • Domination
13TH MONKEY • Live at Forms of Hands 15
BLINKY BLINKY COMPUTERBAND • Fractured Sign
DMX KREW • You Exist
XYMOX • Phoenix
PRIMAL SCREAM • Where The Light Gets In
UNDERWORLD • Second Toughest In The Infants-Redux
BLINKY BLINKY COMPUTERBAND • Strange Electro Pop
Same genre: INDIE
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THIS CAN HURT • Worlds Apart
LISA MORGENSTERN • Chameleon
L7 • Scatter The Rats
VUKOVAR • Cremator
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TINY FIGHTER • Tell Me
DRAGON WELDING • Dragon Welding
ERNEST MOON • Ba-Jesus
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