“There are times when we are surrounded by great encouragement, and we are reinvigorated to face whatever comes our way. At other times, we may find ourselves enclosed by nothing but shadows and darkness, at their business of robbing us of our cheer, our craft, and our purpose. Relentlessly, the darkness becomes greater.”
What have SYNTECH been up to in the five years since the magnificent “Only Ruins Remain” package? Here’s the result: Their fifth album, a passionate journey that is centred on the bold contrast of cinematic beauty and harsh-edged rhythms. And of course, the duo pulls of this juxtaposition with ease and craftsmanship. An emotional plunge for sure, providing moments of contemplation and allure, yet always flirting closer to abrasion.
Light-years apart from standard-fare IDM, Syntech have successfully continued to carve their very own niche of genre-defying rhythmic electronica!
“The Signs are everywhere”, and with the album opener Syntech push haunting, whimsical melodies to the fore, never to look back during the 80 minutes to follow. Moments of consideration and “Uncertainty” eventually make way for more propelling tunes like the bellicose “In the Distance” or “Internal Scream” with its weird repetitive bleeps. At the heart of it all remains what has always been the cornerstone of Syntech productions: Keen rhythm programming, assorted tribal beats that stand as the sturdy frame of all tracks, sometimes understated, sometimes full-on (“Inside my Brain”, “Timeless”).
Dark and grimy territories are explored (“Disinformation”, “Bestir”), but in the end, “What Remains” is the fading hum of glacial drones.
Syntech have never sounded so focused, and “Shadows Above Me” is arguably their most close-knit effort to date.
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Steady techno rhythm patterns, harsh industrial noises, and some ingenious sound and track design - that's what I get from this release. Tracks like "Squeeze" or "Broken Rhythm" have some surprise up the sleeve, while tracks like "Wrong Way Driving" are real bangers. auenlander