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
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.
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH 43202-0614, USA
Phone: (614) 297-7009
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