tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

05/07/2017 : SPECTRA PARIS - Retromachine Betty

SPECTRA PARIS

Retromachine Betty

MusicCD
Synth Pop / Electro Pop

[100/100]   

Dependent
05/07/2017, Maurizio MOSCARELLI

Seven years after the “Christmas Ghouls” 10-track mini album - which was preceded by the albums “Dead Models Society (Young Ladies Homicide Club, 2007)” and " License To Kill” (2010), not forgetting the 3” promo mCD “Spectra Murder Show” - Elena Alice Fossi (frontliner, composer, musician at Kirlian Camera, Alice Neve Fox and Stalingrad Valkyrie) turns her former all-female project SPECTRA*paris into a solo adventure.

Reinventing herself, aided by the fellow of a thousand battles, the robotic Hal Bergmann (better known as Angelo Bergamini of Kirlian Camera fame, Hipnosis and Stalingrad Valkyrie) and John Fryer (producer of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Erasure and many other successful acts, with whom Elena Alice has recently co-composed and released a great song “Behind The 4th Door” and that wonderful gem titled “Naughty Girl” under the Black Needle Noise flag... the brand new adventure of Fryer, who previously produced two songs on the 2nd album of Kirlian Camera: “Eclipse – Das Schwarze Denkmal” back in early 1988) and not to forget a fancy cameo by Elvio Moratto (Italian dj, composer and producer with Ramirez, Sueño Latino feat. Ash Ra Tempel's Manuel Gottsching, Pete Burns' Dead Or Alive, etc.) on “Universal”, the fifth track of the album.

Elena Alice, a real deus-ex-machina, paints on a big white sky by means of her skillful brushes and pencils, creating “Retromachine Betty” from scratch. She works with amazing intelligence and great care, so, like a raphaelite pupil she puts beauty into focus, going on to fully reach it, painting on that big white canvas with the patience of a saint. So EAF goes on to create the artwork, writes music and lyrics of such an enchantment, then jets herself into a room filled with a thousand marvellous kaleidoscopic toys and synthesizers, vocoders, electronic devices, moog, theremin, so that we hardly need to mention her wonderful voice. She breathes life into Betty, her synthetic yet human alter-ego, incredibly able to tell stories of love and romance. A futuretro Pandora's box (but calling that “Fossi's Box” would be even better) is now open, so that we find ourselves projected into idyllic synthetic atmospheres!

“Star Bubbles” is a countdown towards space, Hal-the-Robot helps driving energy and fast-paced synths to create a cosmic scenery with a fantastic reference to Mike Oldfield's “Moonlight Shadows” that makes one jump out of their chair with enthusiasm, while Elena-Betty brings sublime melodies to life. The starship has been launched, so “Alice (Geistersterne)” goes to slow down and break rhythm initially then lifts off toward a “liquid garden paradise” recalling the Covenant... “Ludovico Technique” and “Machinedream” both assault our soul with sensual gentleness. The first of the two echoes some Kirlian Camera style, while the second one is pure poetry taking you by the hand to the electronic imagery of that other genius called Goldfrapp, whose “Felt Mountain” is often mentioned rightly with admiration by Elena. Some Italian spoken word appears on “Universal”, a four-handed composution with the above mentioned Elvio Moratto. This track is nothing less than a real dance-hit!! “Lux Industries” turns into darkness and the ghost of Kirlian Camera appears again.

Then that old hit of the Kinks “You really got me”, comes out as magic, being covered as if the Sixties band found themselves in a kind of technologic 1964, made of glittering LEDs and pulsing sparkles; here Fossi goes on to happily juggle, shake and reinvent, while comandante Bergmann co-directs the crazier little space orchestra.

“Metrolynx” starts with firm bass drumming and low keys while the voice comes out to take flight, to sing and... well, how great she sings!!! So, we're at the end of this retrofuture-80s-pop jewel but it's not a real end yet... “E-girl song” plays with pauses, broken rhythms, direct rhythms and a more crazy cyber feel. The real end song “E-Kitsch Souvenir of Italy” brings a surprise to the surface, a kind of bewitching neo-requiem, sounding like a Morricone/Albinoni neoclassic cosmic lullaby which makes a dive into sci-fi retro-flavored soundtrack movies with its glitches, bip-bips, interferences, etc... A masterpiece. Oh well guys, let's hope this album doesn't drown in today's sea of playlists rubbish...

“Retromachine Betty” has no half measures, so you can reject it or on the contrary fully appreciate and love it. As far as my taste is concerned, I doubtlessly opt for the second option. Congratulations, S*PectrA Girl, most of all for letting down the old dress and going on to wear a brand new one, showing courage and faith. A choice that will be rewarded, no doubt.

Maurizio MOSCARELLI
05/07/2017


05/07/2017 : SPECTRA PARIS - Retromachine Betty 05/07/2017 : SPECTRA PARIS - Retromachine Betty

Music reviews

19
11
PSY'AVIAH
Soul Searching
17
11
DAGEIST
Sexy
16
11
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO
Let's Play (Two girls and a goat)
12
11
TWIN TRIBES
Ceremony
31
10
BLAC KOLOR
Nephi
24
10
ROGER C.REALE & RUE MORGUE
The Collection

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

21
11
The Last Beat of My Heart by Siouxsie and the Banshees was released 32 years ago!
21
11
Isn't Anything (album) by My Bloody Valentine turns 32 today!
18
11
Disorientations! New band, new single, new video!
14
11
Today, 30 years The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste by Ministry!
13
11
Today, 41 years ago, Siouxsie & The Banshees released their debut album Scream!
13
11
Today, 38 years ago, New Order released its debut album Movement!

Concert reviews

21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019
15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

02
11
UNDERTHESKIN
Try To Leave The Listener In A Certain Reflection, And Maybe Bring Some Kind Of Relief
01
11
MIKE WATT(JUMPSTARTED PLOWHARDS)
In a way, the project is a total collaboration!
26
10
MICHAEL GIRA(SWANS)
'Having a strong presence of death in your mind all the time is very healthy thing!'
25
10
PAUL Q.KOLDERIE
'There has to be a song that I feel needs to be recorded…'
14
10
JAMES MCGREGOR (THE CLOCKWORKS)
'Our dynamic is genuinely a gang scenario'

PHOTOS

17
11
FAUN
Christuskirche Bochum
14
11
DEINE LAKAIEN HELIUM VOLA VELJANOV
Christuskirche Bochum
14
11
MORGAN KING
B52 music club
13
11
STORY OFF
B52 music club
13
11
N TALES
B52 music club
11
11
SUICIDE COMMANDO
Magasin 4 Bruxelles
11
11
AMBASSADOR 21
Magasin 4 Bruxelles

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

21
11
FILTER
Hey Man, Nice Shot
20
11
COLD CAVE
Villains Of The Moon
19
11
HYPERMOND.
Double
19
11
:OF THE WAND & THE MOON:
Caught In Winters Weave
19
11
NITZER EBB
Llive at Kulttempel in Oberhausen, Germany - 15.11.2019
18
11
OAKTREE
La Fin
17
11
ALISON MOYET
Other