November 3, 2009

VNV Nation - Matter + Form

Genre(s) - EBM, futurepop
Origin - United Kingdom
Year of release - 2005
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 74.88 mb

Being a sixth year student bogged down somewhere between your second and third-year subjects forcibly puts you in contact with new people, something I'm usually hesitant about. Hovewever, I did make a new friend who's reviving my interest in dark electronic music. The best group in the whole gothic electro, darkwave, electronic body music, whatever you call it-scene that I was tipped off about by her is definitely VNV Nation. They're one of the most variable projects in their niche, skipping from full-on pumping trancescapes (the Strata-Interceptor combo for instance) to truly sensitive pieces of melancholic futurepop (Arena, Homeward), as they like to call it, sometimes within a single track. It's not so gothic at all, I guess, but one can hear such stylistic origins back in the great moody vocals and overall feeling. This is easily the most satisfying electronic project I know to date, featuring a human drummer and very visionary songwriting that allows for both hedonistic and more introspective moments.
  1. Intro
  2. Chrome
  3. Arena
  4. Colours of rain
  5. Strata
  6. Interceptor
  7. Enthropy
  8. Endless skies
  9. Homeward
  10. Lightwave
  11. Perpetual
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