The Synthetic Dream Foundation - Tendrils of
By Marcus Pan
A bit of nicely arranged
electronica takes the stage with the wonderfully named The Synthetic Dream
Foundation. Their Tendrils of Pretty CD, also a brilliant name, is a
nice ride through a pleasant landscape. Theres a smattering of guest
vocalists here as well, including the wonderful Summer Bowman of The Machine in
the Garden fame.
Right out the gate were moving fast and furious with
Auf Dem See featuring the voice of Summer. Cushioned rhythms support a
fast electronic melody with multiple octaves and scenarios playing all at once.
Im really digging the rhythm of Amongst the Trolls. Its very
fast pasted, just like the previous track, and includes the nice-but-strange
background synth washes that we got used to during Auf Dem See. Inside
the track are strange vocal sensations, but nothing solid you can figure out
its a background, eerie sort of thing.
Assiki: Divine Messenger grows subtly, hiding and
sneaking growth spurts of increasing sound and volume as it moves along. It
gets so close to exploding on you that youre waiting for the ultimate
burst of energy, but it never quite gets there
just growing and growing
until its about to burst and then slides into the slower Regeneration
of the Damned. This one takes you deep into uncharted dark territory with
its mixed up rhythms that rail against what is trying to be a smooth background
wash. What moves me the most is how the rhythm grows out of nothing and will
also fade away like its being pulled back into the ground as the smoother wash
prevails over the chaotic underground movement.
Trapeze is a haunting piano dirge with dark female
vocals courtesy of Hannah Fury. The piano fades away into a strange and dark
landscape out of which blossoms an electric groove. I love what they do to
Tamara Kents voice on Puzzlebox, just a slight tad of vox to give
it a bit of electricity.
Very enjoyable overall fluffy and light but with a
hidden element of deeper dark inside. The band and CD names, The Synthetic
Dream Foundations Tendrils of Pretty, is very brilliant and the
music encased on the release is just as well bred. It has a blossoming effect
where it grows and surprises you without having to really say much because
its demeanor is surprising in and of itself without words being
necessary. When they do come, which is rare but there, theyre well done
with such voices as the wonderful Summer Bowman, Hannah Fury and Tamara Kent.
As I spun this, twice in a row, I dropped a few shots of Goldschlager and I
have to tell you it did nothing but heighten the experience. Trance and
electronica at its highest.
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