View from the Green Room
Following in the footsteps of synth/electronic music artists such as Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, and Camoflauge, this is the impressive debut release from Synth Groove. Synth Groove is actually Bob Salvati, who wrote, performed and produced the 14 songs on this CD-R, which clocks in at over 72 minutes. This is a true, 100% electronic music album done entirely with synthesizers, including many vintage analog synths which gives the album a warm and organic quality. Stylistically, the songs range from electronica to dance to pop. The album opens with the apocalyptic instrumental 'Face of the future' and it only gets better from there. 'Larger than life' has a larger than life catchy chorus and when the next track, 'Silent movie stars' begins, you know you're listening to something very cool. One of the standout tracks, this song uses swirling synths and a haunting melody to create an atmospheric gem. 'Therapy' is classic 80's synthpop and 'Roboter boy' is done in true Kraftwerk-like fashion. 'This Radio action' is a cranker and 'My Sister love' is more synthpop. The nearly seven minute 'Do aliens dream in color', is reminiscent of Tangerine Dream at their most ambient. Despite it's title, 'Very strange' is a very catchy pop song. The strangest track, 'Thief in the night', is both menacing and melodic. When the drum beat kicks in on the 'Cybornauts', you'll think you're hearing a sci-fi song that perhaps Thomas Dolby or an early Gary Numan might have done. 'Jupiter 19', with it's synth hook and changing soundscapes is possibly the best of the four instrumentals. The synth bass pounding 'Watching the cars' will instantly have you looking for the dance floor and for the album's closer, 'Electrical storms', Synth Groove may have saved the best song for last. If you like electronic/synth music, check out 'View from the Green Room', the debut release from Synth Groove.