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01/02/2016 : METROLAND - Things Will Never Sound The Same Again

METROLAND

Things Will Never Sound The Same Again

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01/02/2016, Didier BECU

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About four years ago, the two boys of Ionic Vision (Andy and Sven) came up with one of the best Flemish electro projects ever: Metroland. At first, it sounded as an ode to Kraftwerk, but Passenger A and S (as they call themselves) made such good melodies that this was hardly disturbing (on the contrary!). Everything went without a hitch, until last year their sound engineer and close friend Louis Zachert (or in the Metroland context: Passenger L) died. It was hard to deal with, which is shown on the latest CD. Indeed, things will never sound as before, and just about every title refers to their deceased comrade (from his e-mail address to his studio).

The twelve songs are a lot darker than their previous work. Even though it remains danceable and you still hear the typical vocoders, Metroland is evolving to a melancholic band. Louis will like to hear it, but his friends are becoming less and less a Kraftwerk clone, but more and more Metroland.

It's hard not to be touched when you listen to Things Will Never Sound The Same Again. A more beautiful tribute to Passenger L is not conceivable.

Didier BECU
01/02/2016


NL

Zo’n vier jaar geleden kwamen de twee jongens van Ionic Vision (Andy en Sven) met één van de leukste Vlaamse electroprojecten op de proppen: Metroland. Het klonk in het begin wel als een ode aan Kraftwerk, maar Passenger A en S (zo noemen ze zichzelf) maakten zo’n goede melodieën, dat dat nauwelijks als storend werd ervaren (integendeel). Alles liep van een leien dakje, tot vorig jaar hun geluidstechnieker en goede vriend Louis Zachert (of in de Metroland-context Passenger L) overleed. Het was een zware domper en dat hoor je op de nieuwste cd. De dingen zullen inderdaad nooit meer klinken zoals voorheen en zowat iedere titel refereert aan hun overleden kameraad (van zijn e-mailadres tot zijn studio).

De twaalf tracks zijn dan ook een heel pak donkerder dan hun eerdere werk. Ook al blijft het dansbaar en hoor je nog steeds de typische vocoders, evolueert Metroland duidelijk in een melancholischede richting. Louis zal het zeer graag horen, maar zijn poulains worden steeds minder een Kraftwerk-kloon, wel meer en meer Metroland.

Het is moeilijk om niet te worden ontroerd als je naar Things Will Never Sound The Same Again luistert. Een mooier eerbetoon aan Passenger L is dan ook niet denkbaar.

Didier BECU
01/02/2016


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