CD Review

Bunker Soldier – “The Debris Field”

By Marcus Pan

The Debris FieldTim 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[1] to the heavier industrial overtones of the old Innuendo[2], Tyran’s music has blasted across styles without much ado about nothin’. This time, The Debris Field brings us a softer side to Tim’s antics, with New Order and Backlash style synthetic movements, brilliant arrangement and a more mature, older and wiser Tim Tyran than we’ve 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 high-brow verbiage.

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 Tim’s underground finesse with darker beats and rhythms, harkening back to the Triple Threat[3] 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 Rose’s 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 Rose’s Garden – the imagery of this one is sweet yet sad and is one of the most heartfelt on the album.

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 it’s very well done and definitely a keeper.

Contact Information:
Bunker Soldier
Post: 1005 Stoneway Dr., Denton, TX, 76210, USA
Phone: (940) 271-1498
[1] Reviewed in Legends #151.
[2] Reviewed in Legends #100.
[3] Review in Legends #144.

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