Platform One - "Platform One"
By Mike Ventarola
Platform one currently provides an 8 track
EP of songs that will be featured on their full CD Confessions of The Sorrow
Tree. The release is scheduled for later this year. Founded in 1992,
Platform One has undergone a few line up changes and is now a duo of V. Nigel
Taylor and Amadea Nickrenz.. This band is Rhode Island's best kept secret about
to be revealed. The lush musical compositions and textures really make this a
Listening to this band brings back feelings of nostalgia.
The compositions contained herein do in fact take into account all that was
good during the early Synthpop/Gothic/New Wave eras. All the elements are mixed
up in a musical cauldron to render some enjoyable and unique songs. If you can
imagine taking the following artists: The Cure, Duran Duran, Talk Talk,
Japan/David Sylvian, Depeche Mode, Barry Manilow, The Psychedelic Furs and
Ultravox, only then will you truly understand the breadth of musical expanse
this group converged into one sound.
Standing opens with dark orchestral synthesizers that
weave a mid-tempo dance rhythm underneath. Encantra further extrapolates early
gothic, spooky minor chords, which I absolutely adore. I only wished that this
song was much longer. This is the only track without any vocals and is a stand
out piece that could yield well on a dark ambient compilation somewhere down
Scared is more atmospheric
initially. It is haunting with a subtle layer of synthesizer work carefully
woven into the texture of the song. Naked continues with a dark wave,
synth-pop hybrid that is somewhat reminiscent to Chris Rhea, but is a standout
track that could become the major hit for this band in terms of cross-over
A Time Without Decay is another fantastic song with
elements of playful eerie goth, synth-dance rhythms and phenomenal foreground
and background vocals and harmonies. The Haunting of Your Love
incorporates subtle electronic/industrial fusion with gothic layering over
synth-dance, making this yet another midnight club cut.
Can't Go Back is reminiscent of Switchblade Symphony
during their Serpentine Gallery era. It is a great song with a driving,
infectious mid tempo dance beat. I found myself rocking in my seat every time I
listened to it. This song could also be earmarked as a hit. The Ending
is a moody, atmospheric and gentle body of work incorporating ambient and
gothic orchestrations. It gives rise to a vision of floating on a dark fluffy
cloud during a somnolent moment.
Overall, Platform one harvested a delightful blend of songs
for this EP that should win them many admirers. This music gallery contains
some of the most ambitious cross over appeal that should delight fans of Pop,
Dance and Gothic cultures. I would hope that this band features more foreground
vocal work of the backup vocalists who seem to have the strength to carry the
music to another level. As a new enthusiast of this band, I am anticipating
their full release since this EP only served to whet my appetite for their
industrious body of work.
Visit their website for audio clips, and photos. Visit
Newport for its scenery, but not it's scene.
Post: Platform one,
51 Warner St., Newport, RI, 02840
Phone: (401) 846-8162