CD Review

Droom – “Ten Songs”

By Marcus Pan

The thing with this duo, made up of Graham Jackson and William Winslow-Hansen, is that while it's good it doesn't stand out amongst the crowd of synth-pop style industrial that has been coming across this month. Much like in recent past we've had a month that seemed to dedicate itself to ambient, another to experimental, another to industrial (and many of you are familiar with my industrial rants), this month seems to be synth-pop month. With releases hitting my desk from Levinhurst, the Invincible Sprit, Ctrl and others, maybe this just wasn't the time for Ten Songs to hit my desk.

Something quite startling though is the fact that Ten Songs was produced entirely in the home studio. That alone show's Droom's capabilities with music to have done such a fine sounding album completely bereft of your million dollar studio showcases. All of the music is tightly woven and doesn't suffer from your typical home studio pitfalls. A lot of time was spent here by Droom to get this right, and with highlight tracks like Drowning to show for it you can't doubt their ability. But it just mixes in with all the other acts that have recently released their synth-pop, old skool aural delights.

Droom was blown together from what remained following the death of band aLUnARED. Ten Songs is their second full length album, and the whole shebang – not only recording – was put together and released on their own label while Black Flames helps distribute throughout Europe. They've done a fair share of touring as well.

Another Ten Songs highlight is Asleep In Your Arms, a swift and lightly guitar touched dance tune. It will move most any dance floor and I urge any DJs out there to get your hands on this track somehow and give it a go. The computer melodies coupled with old skool guitar riffs will energize your floor. Everything Follows, and for some reason with this tune I see a laid back Men Without Hats – say for example crooning the 6AM close of some basement club on the west side.

Ten Songs is a fine release. It's solid, well made, finely crafted, professionally produced and created by a talented duo. But for some reason it's just lacking some certain element that I can't quite place my finger on to put it amongst the top. They're close, for sure, but it can get lost within the confines of its genre being unable to stand out due to whatever it is that's missing. That's simply the best I can explain it.

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