In Strict Confidence

Love Kills!

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Electronica acts are often accused of having little emotional energy, as artists experiment with machines and a cold, icy restraint. In Strict Confidence continues to prove that this is not true. Love Kills! is a release laden with a variety of moods, and is more about mood than texture. In Strict Confidence flows with an electro sensibility that moves between darkwave and harder EBM. Through dramatic, paced tracks ("Zauberschloss," "Stern"), to even more dramatic and upbeat tracks that target the dancefloors ("Kiss Your Shadow"), In Strict Confidence translates varying moods and feelings into electronic form, with more emotional range than most EBM or electro acts are usually given credited for. Between these ornate gothic textures, elements of cutup noisy breakbeat creep in ("Spread Your Wings, Pt. 2," full of start-stop noisy breakbeats and ambient voices). The result is comparable to the darkness of Cyan, the aggression of Funker Vogt, and the range of style reminiscent of haujobb -- but the sound itself, unique. In Strict Confidence exercises particular talent in building and releasing tension, as virtually each track builds up to its mood and ends in a slightly different place from where it had begun. This lends Love Kills! a sense of purpose absent from most electronica. The sound is layered synths, but those looking for a break from the clinical EBM sounds may find what they need here.

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