I truly enjoyed the modern, stylish and intriguing "Synthetic Nature” project. The album cover art is cool and works in its favor. It made me think of a dry lake named Groom Lake, which is part of Area 51, a place where people would like to go ”alien hunting”, but... xD.
If I had to imagine a story, I would say that the first section of the album seems to focus on certain inventions being developed in a top secret place. You did call it the “infant” side, so it could make sense.
- “Null Laboratories” and “Synthetic Nature X” are two great tracks which effectively describe the surroundings.
- "Robotic Legs" is an eerie track, which (maybe) presents a place where evil robots are currently being assembled (or there’s something else going on...). It’s my second favorite track from the first side, next after “Walking Through The Portal”.
- “The Forbidden Room” is self-explanatory, I guess.
- “Assembly Line” left me a bit conflicted given all of the previous (and upcoming) sounds. Maybe it’s too optimistic for its own good.
- “Little One” was passable until some strident beats took over at 0:45. :/ It was an almost unbearable minute. It’s the only track that I didn’t like on this record.
- “Walking Through The Portal” was the perfect medicine for my ears after “Little One”. It genuinely feels like entering a portal. Teleportation feels so exciting and scary at the same time. What if you end up in a wrong dimension?
Luckily, it’s not the case here, as we are teleported to the next side of the album, which makes for a greater experience, indeed. The first half of the album becomes now part of the past.
- “Acid Hall” is glorious and abstract. Can’t figure out what’s going on in there, it’s a mystery.
- "Station Delta" is where the “space story” officially starts. I consider it the friendliest track on the record and probably the only one where human presence is directly indicated. The "heyheyhey" vocals were fun. Did you perform them? I think this added another personal touch to the record, which is a great thing. I also noticed the “We need to go, we need to go” phrase on the final listen (before reviewing).
- “Hypochlorite” makes me think of an intergalactic race, then it looks like someone left a spaceship on “Autopilot”, though I don’t know many things about spaceships, so... xD.
- “A Rave on Mars” makes me think of a notable martian hosting this huge party on his planet, while “Deconstructed Lounge” shifts its focus on the guests; and by the sound of it, they are anything but kind.
- I think that “Orbit IV” leaves the door open for at least another space-themed album.
I am definitely including this record in the <<great albums>> spot (7.5-8.9). Basically it gets an 8-, all in all showcasing production skills and consistency in its sci-fi theme, with a nicely done blend of techno subgenres.
Favorite tracks <3 : Null Laboratories; Synthetic Nature X; Robotic Legs; Walking Through The Portal; Acid Hall; Station Delta; Hypochlorite; A Rave On Mars; Orbit IV.
Didn’t like : Little One.