Mechatronic is a Swedish synthpop act that has been reviewed twice before on the site to little to no fanfare. And, well, hopefully this release will change the pace a bit. Twelve tracks of synth goodness lies in my wake to explore, and between them all, I have fifty two minutes to get through. So, let’s get cracking at it.
For starters, Falling Apart kicks in with what comes standard in the genre. A simple beat, synths in the background, and little electronic notes spread about. The vocals aren’t all too bad, simply fitting in with the music It was a cute little attempt to manifest a good synthpop beat, and it managed to do so. Still standard, so there it was nothing you couldn’t get from another generic act in the genre.
A little robotic voice comes along, and this time the male led vocals come out really off beat, kind of working away from the actual instrumentation. Get a little more in line with the beat, and this would have been much better.
Though I liked the music in Don’t Bother to Knock, the verses within the song were low in comparison to the music. I think a little more balancing was needed within the album. Dystopia was the title track of the album, and really didn’t do much aside from play around with some more electronics, perhaps a little trance elements mixed in. During the chorus, there was like a pause in electronics every now and then, but the vocals kept continuing, making an ugly combination.
I would like to continue on talking about the other tracks, but so many are so similar in sound that it’s practically impossible to say something new about the next song or another. Beyond the Silence slowed down a bit, and provided some humming in the background, and the vocals weren’t all that bad for once. So, there was that. And This Moment provided a more dancey tune with not so dancey vocals. The final song provided an instrumental with piano work and a slower than all else beat. Not too bad, but I’ve heard better. A few samples were input here and there.
And, well, I can’t say that I was impressed by this album in the slightest. I know that this act has been reviewed before on the site to little to no fanfare, and now I can see why. It’s not necessarily that they’re bad at making music, it’s just that they don’t do enough to really sell themselves. As I said in the beginning in the review, this is all something I can find in the genre from another generic band, and I do truly mean that. If they were to just push to get some sort of edge over the competition and rework their vocals to fit more with the music, then these guys would be a lot better.