By Marcus Pan
Cabaret have been a duo since
1997, made up by Polish citizens Jaroslaw Pawlik and Michal Bieniek. Mixing
elements of simply being human into an effervescent computerized world of
sound, the warmth of their music is appreciated in a world of socio-political
boundaries, creeds and terror. With poetic lyrical content that sticks to the
raw energy of humanity rather than adapts a soapbox in their releases, Cabaret
keep themselves from being lumped into the more aggressive industrial Ive
Nicole (Welcome To) introduces the comforting vocals
that Cabaret will provide for your journey. Its not metallized, not voxed
and is purely 100% human. That gives Homophobia a very realistic
feeling, even if the surrounding electronics will take you on a cloud hopping
trance. Youre still doing it with your own mind rather than theirs
you remain human along with Cabaret. Be On Standby is a brilliant track
defining the human condition in a demanding world. Electric Chair Song I
remember from their recent maxi-single release and it is a great song to
chill or trance to.
Homophobia really is a smooth, calming album.
Its got a Kraftwerk feel to it with synthetic washings and a near
trancelike effect. Some tracks, Devil is Dancing for example, is very
progressive with a low-key start that builds as the track progresses. The
overall affect of Homophobia on the whole is one of chilling out and
finding oneself amidst the chaos of the current world state. Rain on My
Skin opens with tinkling bells and warming washes that envelop and protect
you as it grows tendrils of hope and sheer fascination with being human.
I really dig the metallic dirges used in Dawn Mist
Glowing. The rhythm is strange and a little confusing following the
previous warming tracks, but somehow though it gets a bit funky it retains an
earthy feel leant to by the low key bass and smooth under-rhythm. Homophobia
(nr. 9) continues the funkiness of the previous, with interesting lyrics
and space-like wraps and washes of synthetic sound. Angel Theme moves us
slowly to the close of Homophobia with synthetic winds and horns bringing us
smoothly and evenly to our own world.
Very nicely done. Cabaret have a fine knack of building
their songs from a humanistic standpoint. While some electro musicians will
seek to change not only you but your world, Cabarets Homophobia
keeps you the person you are going in. They will envelop and protect you for
the journey with warm washes and pleasantly controlled melodies and take you
away from the terror of Earth for a bit but throughout it you remain as
human as you were when you came in. Maybe even a little more-so.
Post: Box 68039, RPO Osborne Village, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2V9, Canada
Phone: (905) 707-6283
 Reviewed in
Legends # 154.
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