BAND/AUTHOR:

VAGABOND SPECTER

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
BIPOLAR (2020)
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
POP

"Vagabond Specter offers us with "Bipolar" a journey into an electro pop much more subtle than it seems."
CALGEPO - 14.10.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
4/5
Vagabond Specter offers us a step back in the 80's when synthesizers were the kings. The band is in a new wave - synth pop vein that we thought was buried long ago. And yet, "Bipolar" is on the verge of resurrecting the spirit of Erasure, Yazoo, Tangerine Dream..., bands that contributed to the democratization of keyboards with a grain of madness that has faded over the years.

The cover of "Bipolar" accentuates this overall vision which is confirmed by a totally unbridled content freeing itself from the current, well-established musical codes. The vintage sounds of 'Saturdast' set the tone by coloring the title of a totally carefree atmosphere. In a certain sense, one could see in Vagabond Specter the heirs of the Pet Shop Boys, precursors in this pop electro, by this ease to find the assimilable and addictive melody ('Not My War') but with a little punk touch on top of it.

But behind this seemingly relaxed appearance lie some slightly darker moments like in 'Comme ci, Comme ça' (with a deeper vocal and a beautiful desperate solo) or the more electric and apparently autobiographical 'Evangelist'. If the listener scratches a little under this casual layer, he discovers deeper and more tormented elements, like the schizophrenic 'Last Time Together', and always that slight punk touch that brings density ('Days of Devastation' accentuates this dichotomy). In fact, the more the album advances, the darker and heavier it becomes, as if we were passing from adolescence to a harsher and more realistic adult life ('Lucy Knows a Secret'), even fatalistic (the sublime 'About Hope').

In the end, "Bipolar" is an album that lives up to its name with a alternation of carelessness brought by joyful electro pop and gravity through more electronic contributions and chameleon vocals. Garbage did not make a mistake when he proposed to Vagabond Specter to do some of his opening acts. "Bipolar" is much more subtle than it seems and offers a varied content between assimilable electro pop and more demanding passages.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/vagabondspecter/



SIMILAR BANDS:
TANGERINE DREAM

TRACK LISTING:
01. Saturdast
02. Don't Panic
03. Not My War
04. Comme Çi, Comme Ça
05. Evangelist
06. Caravella
07. Last Time Together
08. Litte Disorder
09. Lucy Knows A Secret
10. About Hope
11. Days Of Devastation
12. Storm Riders


LINEUP:
Alex: Claviers
Egor: Claviers
Yuriy: Guitares / Claviers


TAGS:
80's, Easy Listening / FM, Electro, Happy / Delirious, Punk
 
 
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