(All Album Reviews by BrianG)
David Bull - Composition/Keyboards/Lyrics/Vocals
Phaedra J.Kelly – Graphics/Keyboards/Lyrics/Poetry/ Vocals
Melinda Rann – Composition/Graphics/Keyboards/Lyrics/ Production/Programming/Vocals/Vocoder
(From their CDBaby site: “This is an album for explorers seeking after real life, and adventure.”)
True enough. This is a pretty, self-produced album by a trio living on the Isle of Wight in England. They have taken cues from Ozric Tentacles, Faust, Jean Michel Jarre and some 80's Tangerine Dream to create a fun album called Misplaced Technology. The songs are simple, repetitive melodies using samples and keyboard logic. They have a definite demo quality. It seems that it was completely done on keyboards because the percussion samples are not particularly convincing. The lyrics are dreamy and however the overall effect is pleasant and not challenging. There's really not a lot more to say about the music itself.
I wonder sometimes whether this studio crafted electronics are meant more for dance floors or background than for close listening. One hears a lot of similar music from groups like Bonobo and FourTet creating a nice homework groove for college dorms and apartments. Trance punk? Synth pop? Experimental oddity? Electro-Magnetics is all that and makes no apologies.