Akrylic Spike Project - Protosynthesis
Futurepop, EBM Akrylic Spike Projekt is a futurepop/EBM band from Britain, the album Protosynthesis was released in January 2007.

Since the first track on the album is an intro it's not until the second track "Logic" that we hear the singers voice. Futurepop demands either a good voice or a quirky one, if you haven't got neither go for a vocoder! The vocals on "Logic" are too frail for comfort which is why track three "ID-1" works so much better. On "ID-1" they use vocoder on the vocals which work a lot better, the music is nice and sweet but the first three tracks are quite plain.

I do like a nice surprise and this is just what I get from track five "The Great Decline", the vocals are still frail but on this track it suddenly works, and quite well I must say. There are strings, samples, frail singing and a really good beat.

The album keeps improving after fifth track, "Perception" is another track where the vocals work better. The track is upbeat and would do well with laser on the dancefloor. Track ten, "Outer-World, Inner-Self" slows down the beat to a soulful ballad and here it becomes obvious that the vocals do more damage than good. The singing is painfully off to a point that makes it difficult to listen.
Last track on the album is an instrumental one that bears the name of the album, "Protosynthesis", a romantic track with cool drums and interesting sounds, without any vocals disturbing I must say I found this intrumental track one of the best on the album.

"Protosynthesis" is an OK album - but for this genre I expect more. I wish I could call the album diverse for the fact that the songs differ but in this case the difference lies more in quality than anything else. Some tracks are OK and some are good while a few are really lousy. There's definately potential within the album and it will be interesting to see how the band evolves, at this stage it could go any way.
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Akrylic Spike Project - Protosynthesis

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"Bad"
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Electroracle
Released off label 2007
Akrylic Spike Projekt is a futurepop/EBM band from Britain, the album Protosynthesis was released in January 2007.

Since the first track on the album is an intro it's not until the second track "Logic" that we hear the singers voice. Futurepop demands either a good voice or a quirky one, if you haven't got neither go for a vocoder! The vocals on "Logic" are too frail for comfort which is why track three "ID-1" works so much better. On "ID-1" they use vocoder on the vocals which work a lot better, the music is nice and sweet but the first three tracks are quite plain.

I do like a nice surprise and this is just what I get from track five "The Great Decline", the vocals are still frail but on this track it suddenly works, and quite well I must say. There are strings, samples, frail singing and a really good beat.

The album keeps improving after fifth track, "Perception" is another track where the vocals work better. The track is upbeat and would do well with laser on the dancefloor. Track ten, "Outer-World, Inner-Self" slows down the beat to a soulful ballad and here it becomes obvious that the vocals do more damage than good. The singing is painfully off to a point that makes it difficult to listen.
Last track on the album is an instrumental one that bears the name of the album, "Protosynthesis", a romantic track with cool drums and interesting sounds, without any vocals disturbing I must say I found this intrumental track one of the best on the album.

"Protosynthesis" is an OK album - but for this genre I expect more. I wish I could call the album diverse for the fact that the songs differ but in this case the difference lies more in quality than anything else. Some tracks are OK and some are good while a few are really lousy. There's definately potential within the album and it will be interesting to see how the band evolves, at this stage it could go any way.
Apr 23 2012

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Mary Slevin Sax

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