Faderhead’s electronic music assault is in full swing. One EP, five highly acclaimed albums and two compilations in 6 years – as well as 4 massive worldwide club hits with “Dirtygrrrls/Dirtybois”, “TZDV”, “Destroy Improve Rebuild” and “Fistful Of Fuck You” – have moved the project from Hamburg/Germany into the international limelight of the harder electro scene. From stompy techno to synthpop to dirty groove-laden electro: Faderhead mashes it all up like no one else!
The new album “Atoms & Emptiness” is coming out on February 7, and we got hold of a preview copy to hear where Faderhead will be taking us next. The first thing you notice is the clarity of the sound which blows most of today’s indie electro-industrial trash out of the water. The overall vibe is angry, depressing, disturbing and even melancholically beautiful in places – specifically on ballads like the title track, “Atoms & Emptiness”, “Anti-Paradise” and “My Heart Is Safe” which is one of the most moving tracks I’ve heard in a while.
But above all, Faderhead knows how to get bodies moving better than anyone else in his crossover genre productions. And this is no more evident than on, “When The Freaks Come Out”, “Someone Else’s Dream” and “You Can’t Resist”. Played back-to-back, these raging robust rhythms will wear the soles on your shoes and drain the blood in your brain. You’ll feel like each song is a living and breathing thing waiting to suck you up without warning.
Dark, moody, loud, angry and groundbreaking, Faderhead works his way through the eleven tracks that make up this album, like a sequence of movie script or book, making it easy to see why he is one of the best at whatever he does. “Atoms & Emptiness” is for those who love intense, explosive music with some depressing lyrics.
The album itself is a whole new listening experience. Everything feels more alive, crisper, and more precise than anything else around in this genre right now. It is closer to perfection than any other electro album will ever hope to be. The production translates emotion directly into music.
Vocally Faderhead ties melodies together better than most. In the same captivating way that Depeche Mode does. He also builds structure, layers and variation in ways that other electronically-based musicians miss entirely, while they spend their time concocting up uselessly weird sounds.
All throughout the album I found myself surprised by the consistently high quality of many of the songs, far surpassing much of what I’ve heard by Faderhead ‘s contemporaries and peers. If ever there was an album that cried out ‘genius’ and beckoned new fans to a genre that otherwise has become stale and clichéd its “Atoms & Emptiness”!
Faderhead puts you in the middle of the music, taking you to the edge…and if you’re lucky enough, then together, you’ll make the journey back!