Oct 2011 12

Erotic Elk - Design with CircuitryErotic Elk
Category: Synthpop
Album: Design with Circuitry
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: What better way to debut than in a tried-and-true sound?


With a strange name and a smooth sound, Erotic Elk take their first big step out of Sweden with their debut album Design with Circuitry. Erotic Elk brings a very classic synthpop sound to the table, reminiscent of older De/Vision or Neuroticfish; it’s a sound that’s withstood the test of time, and while it’s nothing flashy and new, it’s a solid start for an up-and-coming act.

The album rolls in typical electronica fashion, hovering in the 120-140 BPM range of dance from song to song. The lyrics also span the typical range from uplifting, such as in “Release the Chains” and “Reality,” to the dark romantic/heartbreak dynamic as in “Room of Hearts,” “Hate Your Love,” and “New Hope.” Erotic Elk mostly sticks to the electronic path, occasionally pulling out a more rock edge in the vein of Depeche Mode. Ultimately, it all sounds a bit clichéd, but this doesn’t make it not good –simply not new or especially exciting.

Final verdict on Design with Circuitry: it’s a solid, though not special debut. Erotic Elk can do this sound well enough. Are they going to push any boundaries and experiment in the future, or will they serve as a sort of revival for the olden days of synthpop (in the way that Autodafeh has for EBM)?

Track list:

  1. New Hope
  2. Hate Your Love
  3. Syrinx
  4. Released from Chains
  5. Suffer in Silence
  6. Hate
  7. Plain Living
  8. Reality
  9. Change
  10. Room of Hearts
  11. Memories Fade

Erotic Elk Website http://www.eroticelk.de
Erotic Elk MySpace http://www.myspace.com/eroticelk
Erotic Elk Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Erotic-Elk/158623404177447
Erotic Elk ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/eroticelk
Major Records Website http://www.majorrecords.de
Major Records Medien GmbH Website http://www.majorrecords.net/label.html
Major Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/majorrecords
Major Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/hayo.lewerentz
Major Records Twitter http://twitter.com/MajorRec

Purchase at:
Amazon MP3


Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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