Technique — Touching The Void (SA065)

1. Decisions
2. A Fine Day
3. Dreamer
4. Illusions
5. Only Machines
6. Guilty
7. So Real
8. Void
9. Secrets
10. Shine
11. So Cold (ARP Mix)

REVIEW from (EN): Vorsicht! Verwechslungsgefahr! Im März 2015 brachte das russische Label Scent Air ein Album der amerikanischen Band Teknique heraus. Die hier und jetzt besprochene Band Technique wohnt zwar auch auf der anderen Seite des Atlantiks… Read more

The synth-pop music artists known as Technique have released their second LP record, “Touching the void.” The album contains 10 original tracks spanning an entire hour’s worth of listening, making it not only a groundbreaking release for Technique, but also a broad enough collection of their material to give new fans fairly extensive exposure. The record employs synthesizers and electronic beats to deliver the same dance-floor friendly experience that was ubiquitous on FM radio during the late eighties and early nineties, and because of which the term “alternative music” was originally coined.

“Touching the void”’s 10 tracks are each a solid composition in their own right. The album’s general groove and beat is suitable for casual listening, bouts of dancing, long day or night drives, and more-or-less any circumstance one could imagine. It sounds every bit as good as the singles from the subgenre’s progenitors, and manages to have a surprising amount of variety, something at which the artists of the early nineties were not always successful.

“We tried to create an atmosphere of the origins of synthpop,” Technique writes, laying out the following list describing their idea of said origins, their own sequence here preserved: Depeche Mode; New Order; Kraftwerk; Pet Shop Boys. This combination produces an amalgam that one might expect, but not expect to hear in such quality. Technique’s vocals are like the hybrid of DM and New Order, exactly in between and with the same dark timbre.


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