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Shadowplay Release: PURPLE FOG SIDE 'Could It Ever Be Expressed?' ARTIST: PURPLE FOG SIDE
TITLE: Could It Ever Be Expressed?
CATALOGUE#: SPR 049
FORMAT: CD, jewel case
RELEASE DATE: 09.2007
STATUS: available
OFFICIAL SITE: http://purplefog.darkside.ru



TRACK LIST:

01. Intro
02. War In My Head
03. Tear. Drop. Fall
04. Gone
05. Chinese Theater
06. Could It Ever Be Expressed?
07. The Bowl
08. The Place
09. United
10. Ruin Dancers
11. No Water
12. Absent
13. Outro
bonus
14. Gone (Hard2Know/Cyclotimia remix)
15. Tear. Drop. Fall (Haloed Ghost remix)

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Shadowplay presents a brand new album of Russian darkwave/synth-goth scene veterans - Purple Fog Side. It will be out after seven years of silence since the last album, at the same day. Balancing on the edge of sometimes violent and straight-out cyber-aesthetics and melancholic melodism creates unique, almost full picture of moods of today's man. Besides dark and gloomy tones, this work can be marked for absence of suicidal tendencies and moods. Here great dancefloor bombs seamlessly co-exist with mellow ballads for evening loneliness. Apart the album tracks this release contains explosive mix by Hard2Know (from industrial band Cyclotimia) and aggressive TBM mix of Russian synth-darkwave project Haloed Ghost.

CONCEPT:


The score doesn't matter... Every new day there is the same scheme: a new level, new people, new monsters and new nightmares. Is it possible to find a place where this scheme stops working? Are real feelings just bonuses in this game?
Every day you cut your heart and drop pieces of it into reality hoping... You walk along the noisy streets but hear silence... Why does it happen? Why am I here? Why not there? Could it ever be expressed? Sure. You'll win in this computer game.

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REVIEWS:


Intro sets the tone for this Russian Electro/Goth/Industrial hybrid, because theres a pulse, theres vocal nuances and an artistic ambience to the whole thing without it being atonal washes or faddish noir fun. War In My Head rattles along with a grizzled lyrical tone, like early Depeche Mode emerging from a storm drain, resolutely poppy but cutely dishevelled. Tear.Drop.Fall is a compelling dance sexpot basted in anguish.
Gone is disappointingly bland, especially considering the sour lyrics, but the pretty, bubbling Could It Ever Be Expressed? carries you along in a sporty fashion, lithe and linear albeit still lightweight. United is twitchier and darker, skittery and portly, with Chinese Theatre more dramatic, decorated by little synths splashes, surges and ridged rhythm nodules, the female vocals swooping, the mood obliquely strange. The Bowl is gooey with haughty crooning and switching the tectonic plates from succulent swirls to stark confrontation heightens the mood although its actually too busy for me to pay much heed to the vocals. The Place again has a stronger impact when female vocals kick in, the rigid sounds stodgy with anger, and Ruin Dancers finds the male vocals suddenly sleeker and more interesting for their gracious touches, as the song takes emotive wing and flies off, glazed and bemused over a cool landscape, so were moving into richer territory.
No Water is a twinkly streamlined doof tangle, enjoyably ticklish, and the seductively moody Absent with conspiratorial breathy vocals and a very furtive rhythm pulls you in deeper, only for Outro with somewhat chaotic beats to slide off out of view with a vocal wash and ambient contusions. Theres remixes of Gone and Tear.Drop.Fall and were done, and once again the Russian variant strikes me as more unusual in its range than most European hybrids. (Pop back later youll find me reviewing CDs from Magikbrite and the Six Dead Bulgarians vs Moon Far Away, recommended for the intrepid explorer.)
It is the breadth of this record which works for me, because the immediate impression isnt overwhelming, but repeated plays tease out becoming details.
Mick Mercer

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DISCOGRAPHY:


"Roon", Area 51 Records 1998
"Neototemism", JT Records 2000
"Krasota. Zdorovje. Schastje" MP3-album, JT Records 2006 (2002)
"Could It Ever Be Expressed?", Shadowplay Records 2007


Compilation appearances:
Stillife "Memories" track "The Wait (PFS Mix)", Irond 2005
Iva "Dreams" track: "Angel (PFS Mix)", Misteriya Zvuka 2005
V/A "Project Pitchfork - Russian Existence" track:"Carrion", Project Pitchfork/Qcode 2005
V/A "Colours of Black: Russian dark scene Compilation vol.2" track: "War In My Head", Shadowplay Records 2006


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