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    NeuroactivePhonic Trace

    Label:A Different Drum – ADDCD1026
    Format:
    CD, Album, Enhanced
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic
    Style:Synth-pop

    Tracklist

    1Shapeless (Reshaped)4:40
    2Space Divider (Video Mix)3:29
    3Nothing But Fuel4:20
    4Surface (Drumtech Mix)4:51
    5Neuron (Denatured Remix)4:22
    6Portals Of Entry4:03
    7Audioanesthesia3:37
    8Unexpected Protozoa5:05
    9Slave To Gravity4:51
    10Cubic Soundscapes3:44
    11K-94:31
    12Invisible Transfers (Official Compound Mix)4:53
    13Vapour (Inflammable Mix)3:46
    VideoSpace Divider
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    Notes

    Enhanced-CD includes a video for "Space Divider."
    Tracks 12-13 were not included on the original Finnish release, some tracks were replaced with their different mixes and the tracks' order was changed.
    Track 10 is taken from the animation picture "Timescape".
    (C)1998 A Different Drum

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 601171102625
    • Matrix / Runout: PHONIC TRACE ELITE MKTG :

    Other Versions (1)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Phonic Trace (CD, Album)Cyberware ProductionsNET 015Finland1997

    Reviews

    kattamuuran's profile picture
    kattamuuran
    I believe this to truely be neuroactives best album, and about as good of an example of dark synth pop as you are likely to find. This is also the last work by the band to feature the original vocalist, which is a shame, because as good as the music was on subsequent albums, the voices used on various songs could not match the quality found here. The singer sounds very similar to Adi Newton of Clock DVA to me, which is high praise indeed. The music is well played, and accompanies the vocals with a clear sense of purpose, with lots of nice little flourishes, elevating it above the "put a 4/4 beat and some minor chord progressions behind it and you've got a hit song, baby" type mentality that plauges this particular genre and creates so many records that are hardly distinguishable from each other.

    It's this sense of meticulous class, well played music with a darker tone, and lyrics that avoid the sugary sweet love song formula that set Phonic Trace far beyond other albums in the field. Now, 15 years after it's release, it still retains a timeless sound, and if you like darker synth pop, it's one that is worth finder, because you will rarely encounter a better album in this genre.