CD Review

Liquid Divine – “Interface”

By Marcus Pan

Out of Leipzig, Germany, duo Liquid Divine modernize the older classic styles of Kraftwerk, Haujobb and similar artists. Applying more transcendental backgrounds and using these as a backdrop to infuse rhythm and electro beats on top, Christian Fritzsche and Guido Stoye fuse elements of rave with those of club. Their debut Interface, out on Ohio favorites Nilaihah Records, offers a lot to the EBM and modern industrial connoisseur.

Smooth and even laced is the norm here as we stroll into Remember Tomorrow following a lucid and quick opening (Prognosis). Kaleidoscope ups the techno just a tad, but not so much that it becomes standard fare – it's much more low key and interesting, underground rather than over the top. Much of the work here on Interface places the trancier, synthesizer elements at the forefront of the arrangements. Something Trivial, as one example of this, will utilize a very swiftly moving beat, but it's tempered and controlled by the background chords giving it a much smoother and floating feel.

Introspective, one of the swiftest of the tracks here on Interface, is one of the few that doesn't utilize a strong floaty background. Liquid Divine here move straight into bouncy EBM with great samples and slide in the chorales later to add to the already cranking BPMs. Ephemeral is a perfect example of Liquid Divine's earlier discussed chorale-as-forefront format. The strong string-like keyboards open up to the strong-hit rhythm that joins later. Even the spoken word like vocals remain behind the omnipresent chords.

Genotype uses a very well made rhythm/bass movement with a bass slide that really holds the track together and makes it very interesting. Low Life Complex steps away momentarily from the chord-progression musical base, much like Introspective does, becoming a bit more techno with some metallic edged vocal effects. And Your Traces oozes the album to a nice close with a very subtle percussion and ominous chord flows.

What's nice about Interface is that it can be used on two sides of the spectrum. It would go well to either ramp up a trance/rave night, or you can use it to tone down an industrial/club night. It's an interesting mix, well done and layed out. The problem here is whether or not Liquid Divine will get the recognition their outfit deserves with all the electronic CDs popping out at you whenever you turn a corner.

Contact Information:
Nilaihah Records
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH 43202-0614, USA
Phone: (614) 297-7009
E-Mail: info@nilaihah.com
Web: www.nilaihah.com

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