With a performing name like ElektroTank and an album name like Post-Neon, it’s probably easy to imagine some kind of strange, hyper-futuristic society out of Tron or something. But the name ElektroTank definitely gives a hint as to what you can expect- heavily electronic music influenced by trip hop and dubstep.
And when I use the word “heavily,” I mean it. Entire soundscapes are made using synths and drum machines, among other things. It can be a lot to take in for the uninitiated, and I found that at first it was a little too much for me to handle. But after a few listens, I began to enjoy it more, little by little.
The opener, “Post-Neon,” will also be good for the uninitiated- it’s a slow burn, and it will gradually introduce the elements that make up the album. You’ll also hear the vocals of lead singer/instrumentalist Eytan Tobin, as well as Samantha Richter.
Things quickly get more intense, with “She Evaporated, Turned 1/2 Her Size.” It’s a much more industrial beat, and Tobin’s vocals become particularly distorted, but still coherent. “Annex” is a dark-sounding song, particularly in the ominous-sounding synths in the chorus as Tobin and Richter sing “Don’t want to talk about/I can’t talk no more.”
“Contrast I” is kind of a freaky song. Tobin’s vocals are much lower than usual and the beats are adjusted accordingly. “Young Years, Young Love” is a purely instrumental song with a more or less catchy beat.
I definitely had the most fun with “I Would Die 4 U,” a cover of a song by Prince. The melodramatic lyrics really come to life with Richter’s vocals. Then there’s also the really catchy beat.
“Disposition and Things Disappear” was also pretty cool, particularly the way Tobin’s vocals become more emotional as he starts to sing the chorus. Richter’s vocals, alongside guest vocalist Sarah Keshen add another strong element to the song. The album ends with “Contrast II” which is another instrumental piece. About halfway through, the song abandons its industrial beats for a pleasant round of synths and drum machines.
This album will certainly not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy the electronic, this may be just the thing for you. Post-Neon is available as FREE Bandcamp download.
Top Tracks: “Post-Neon”; “I Would Die 4 U”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)