Bunker Soldier The Debris Field
By Marcus Pan
Tim Tyran is back with his fourth release,
breaking down more genre-defining walls and shitting on any semblance of
pigeonholing. His past releases were all radically different, going from the
rap-centric hip-hopish Quite a Dilemma to the heavier industrial
overtones of the old Innuendo, Tyrans music has blasted across
styles without much ado about nothin. This time, The Debris Field
brings us a softer side to Tims antics, with New Order and Backlash style
synthetic movements, brilliant arrangement and a more mature, older and wiser
Tim Tyran than weve ever known.
While Tim is the sole backbone of Bunker Soldier, he brings
in lots of friends to mix things up. Les Farrington, for example, is one of
five vocalists that takes on the first three, and thereafter tenth, track of
The Debris Field. Les vocals are just scratchy enough to be
interesting and just soft enough to be smooth. Much here on Debris Field
is ballad based, slow but moving. Mixtures of synthpop, power ballad rock and
EBM new wave mix together into well layered song structures drawn together with
great vocals and solid engineering. The lyrics throughout The Debris
Field is a bit non-chalant really, but the smoothness of the electronics
and the ease at which they seem to come about makes up for any lack of
The opening and chorus piano of Drive Me Home is
simple but excellent. I love the vocals of Drive Me Home as well
Hildegunn Gjedrem Surdal provides them here and does a great job. Reminiscent
of Bel Canto as is the following Full Circle, though this one applies
some stronger guitar movements and steps up the BPMs a tad.
Disappoint reminds us of Tims underground
finesse with darker beats and rhythms, harkening back to the Triple
Threat or Innuendo releases with his signature guitar riffs, sliding
bass and veiled vocals. Infection has a similar vibe but comes out almost
trip-hop with memories of Scarlet Life coming about. The pleasant piano is back
in the final track, In Roses Garden. Slow and subtle male vocals
from Lou Marini if I were to pick a song from The Debris Field to
make a music video with it would be In Roses Garden the
imagery of this one is sweet yet sad and is one of the most heartfelt on the
The end blathering on The Debris Field is that I was
very surprised by what I found here. Having been listening to Bunker Soldier
since the late 90s and having seen them perform live with all the energy and
frantic nature of a hummingbird on crack, to find such smoothly layered ballads
and synthpop music as on The Debris Field was completely out of left
field. Unexpected, but its very well done and definitely a keeper.
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