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yendri
breakdown of reality
trisol   2000
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submitted by alan on 26-Nov-2000
Taking on stronger programming and vocal approaches than the last release "Inhaliere Seel Und Stirb", Yendri evokes a reminder of that old-school ebm that can still thrive and hold ground. Having heard many bands making false and failing attempts to bring old-school EBM programming and vocals back over the past years, I can say this is one of the first in a long time that has actually appealed to me. The analog nature of synths and variety of vocal ranges are very alluring at times, maybe this is what got me hooked, not exactly sure.

This album deals with very personal themes of despair, agony, and the spiritual relationships of A.I. and the cyber-world. And a variety of very catchy and attractive EBM/electro stylings meshed with mid-eighties pop sensibilities. A beautifully melodic piano intro takes you into the club-floor track "suck my life out." Definitely one of the more upbeat tracks on this release; we are presented with solid old-school F242 progressions combined with distorted guitar movements, small trance modulations, dreamy chorus interludes, and slightly flanged but clean vocals. The next two tracks "nothing that you feel" and "excellence" reminds me of earlier Regenerator material meets Kirlian Camera. The programming gets a little quirky at times on these though, maybe a little too much eighties influence? "VR" introduces a very touchy ballad that contains some nice traditional instruments such as piano, snares, and violins that combine nicely with the sentimental vocals of Yendri. Track six "once again" defines as one of the most attractive and catchy tracks on this release with contrasting feminine and masculine vocals. Reminds me a little of earlier Depeche Mode work. Very uplifting and hopeful to say the least. Taking a small step backwards to "my artificial dear"; still very enlightening with beloved analog melodies, simplistic break-beats, and inspiring vocals. All the right elements mixed, making this possibly the strongest track overall.

"We are the machines" on the other hand takes a stab at very distorted percussion aspects distanced with strange and misplaced vocals. Not sure if this direction fits into this release. The same goes for the very KMFDM-esq workings on "cyberwars." Not very original and just too aggressive for this release. "Wake" pulls us back into focus with another very F242 influences, but very fluent stylings. "Life is sad" has very catchy and flowing melodic patches and bouncy eighties programming, but the vocals gets a little too sappy for me to say this is a good track. "When it's all over" evokes lost memories of the elegant nature that Missing Persons once had on me way-way back. Very fun and playful analog programming laced with upbeat melodies and contrasted vocals. "Shinas" closes this release with very nice piano steps that collide with swirling resonances, but the vocals seems somewhat distant and displaced at times. Leaving me somewhat confused whether I like this track or not.

In conclusion, this release holds ground for those seeking to hear a rejuvenation of older good EBM and eighties electronica elements meshed with a variety of range and contrasting vocal styles. It does have some misses, but, after being so countlessly disenchanted with many synth-pop bands taking their approaches of trying to bring the eighties and earlier EBM back, Yendri does it right this time.

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