Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.
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- DAIS117CD / Expanded CD version comes with a 12-page lyric booklet, and combines the album with seven bonus tracks, including the Sunday Light EP and tracks from the limited Part Time Punks cassette
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When is lots of 80s too much 80s? Possibly when it's this album from former punk Adam Klopp and his spectral drifters. They are expert in the kind of elegant Fairlight-heavy sound practiced by the likes of Furniture and It's Immaterial. Their nearest modern day equivalent is possibly latter day Wild Beasts. Klopp's voice is indeed choir boy high which is presumably where they got their name.
Throughout this, their second album they play well crafted, synth heavy songs with soaring melodies. Angel Dog shows them at their best with atmospheric, glacial synths accompanying Klopp's octave scaling vocals and the whole thing cleverly comes together with a lovely infectious chorus. If you have never managed to get enough of Double's Captain of Your Heart then you may well have reached nirvana but their songwriting skill always comes second to the knowingly retro production which strangles the songs somewhat.
If they want to compete with the heroes they mention on the accompanying press blurb (Prefab Sprout, Bryan Ferry etc) they need to get out of their synth fog a bit more and clear up their sound because at present their sophistication is muddied by too much 80s gloop.
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