one of the drawbacks of closely following the scene for a long time is being unable to fully enjoy releases like “mechanical horizon.” to anyone new to the scene, and not particularly involved in music writing, this album would be well-done candy, with just few bad tracks and few stylistic turn-offs.
most of the tracks are catchy compositions built around simple melodies, fluid arrangements and nice balance of somewhat lighter (in comparison with previous decoded feedback material) melodies and processed vocals. and yes, I have to admit that tracks like “reflect in silence” still are damn catchy and I find myself following the simple rhythms. the obvious drawbacks are forced and completely unfitting vocals on tracks like “atlantis,” “the sequel” or “celestia.”
to anyone that has been in the scene for long enough there will be nothing in this album that will undeniably point to decoded feedback. the best example is “dark-star” – a killer track that is fluid and melodic, but sounds like a copy of early vac (namely “malfunction”) spliced with funker vogt-sounding percussion; “immortal” is another copy/paste masterpiece that is catchy and driving, but inducing even stronger feeling of déjà vu; something that also plagues otherwise one of the my favorite tracks on the album, “desire” – dreamy, clean and… so incredibly familiar.
the sad thing is that ”mechanical horizon” is the best decoded feedback album (not counting bio-vital where remixes truly made it a very impressive release), pulling together all the diverse influences floating around the electro/industrial scene these days, assembling them together and presenting a sound that is for the most part well-done, fluid, highly danceable and incredibly accessible. something tells me that this album will get its 15 minutes of fame, but soon enough will be forgotten (just like with vnv nation), in favor of another version of market-driven dancefloor-oriented material.
altogether, with the exclusion of few obviously inferior tracks, this is a catchy, well-done album that is a snapshot of popular electro/industrial trends at this moment of time. most likely, soon enough it will be of interest only to the historians of the genre.