Soviet

We Are Eyes, We Are Builders

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One of the less original electroclash/nu wave revival outfits, Soviet, a quintet from Brooklyn, has a sound that is completely buried in the past. The group's primitive synth pop immediately recalls early Depeche Mode. But although Depeche Mode's songs were usually somber, there was always at least a little bit of fun in them. However, Soviet's music is almost never upbeat. Even Spandau Ballet, a band Soviet also sounds like, had weird, fun videos and fairly catchy, though bland, songs. But Soviet takes the least interesting elements of '80s new wave, like the simplistic I-like-you, you-don't-like-me lyrics and the ultra-basic synth sounds and, well, that's it. There are a couple of songs with OK arrangements, and "Candy Girl" is a decent tune, but the listener will want to avoid paying attention to the lyrics, which are completely banal.

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