All too often the world of dark electro-industrial music finds itself preoccupied with being noisy and heavy for the sake of being noisy and heavy. It is then a pleasant change to hear someone taking a different approach to this genre.
Cylab are essentially a male / female duo, albeit with the recent addition of a live percussionist. They manage to create a refreshing hybrid of dark trip-hop, electro and industrial, on this, the follow-up album to their 2004 debut. The songs have a beautiful, melancholic air to them, thanks to SeVerina X Sol’s gorgeous tones and the coherent, slick production. If you had to imagine a mood or situation to put with these sounds, it would have to be driving through a dark rainy night with the one you love, escaping to a new life and leaving everything else behind.
One of the highlights of this album is the drifting, washing pleasure that is Embryo Time. Lustrous pads sweep over a mechanised beat – this is smooth and dark like the first espresso of the day.
Kundalini is the gem of the album though – this is a menacing slice of noise, with enough kick to fill any dancefloor, and unbelievable hooks.
Forget the world of genres, scenes and clichés - Cylab have the potential to make it really big – this is the stuff of mainstream success. It is not often that something this good comes along – grab a piece of thi
Visit the band: www.myspace.com/cylabband or www.cylabonline.com
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