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by Subimage

Blip-pop, synthpop, wind-up casios, oh my... electroclash existentialism (say that three times real fast...)
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something
3:48 $0.99
2. Memorabilia
3:26 $0.99
3. Turbulence of Change
3:25 $0.99
4. Powder Thrill
3:17 $0.99
5. My Debt
3:12 $0.99
6. Erotic Temptation of Creation
3:54 $0.99
7. Generic Guitar Song
3:46 $0.99
8. Stupidity
3:55 $0.99
9. Soundwave of Disposition
4:55 $0.99
10. The Rat Man
4:02 $0.99
11. Messenger of Greed
3:35 $0.99
12. Freshman Euphoria
2:48 $0.99
13. Such Things
3:22 $0.99
14. Puddle Under the Table
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Album Notes
ETOC -- 'Erotic Temptation of Creation'...

Synth-pop straight outta early rave culture (think: fruity pacifiers and strange hats). Or,

Blip-pop straight outta factory automation (think: post-apocalyptic Tokyo semiconductor production). Or,

Electro-clash straight outta the current age of Instant Nostalgia (think "holymoly has it really been fifteen years since..."). Or,

Existentialism straight outta... um... well... (think: brooding Parisian philosophers playing with Transformers ["Robots in disguise!"]). Or,

All of the above. Or,

None of the above.


Regardless, have fun.



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Aquarius Records

Exuberant and fun!
Subimage mainman Chris Campbell sure loves his synthpop and it shows! This trio's debut is filled with very very '80s rubbery dance pop a la Erasure. Lots of percolating analog synth bloopiness and uncomplicated programmed beats provide the videogame-esque backdrop for the ever so slightly strained male vocals. The songs are actually from 1989 through 1992, but they were re-recorded and remastered much more recently than that (2002 to be exact). Exuberant and fun! Oh and by the way, the cd's mysterious title ETOC is simply the abbreviation of the album's sixth song "Erotic Temptation Of Creation".

Jason Baker, synthpop.net

You'll have a hard time getting this disc out of your cd player... I know I have
Since all of the material for this album was originally recorded between 1989 and 1992, allowances must be made for production and sound quality. I would advise going back and listening to Anything Box's debut album "Peace".. that'll put you in just the right mindset to listen to this cd. Analog synthesis is in no short supply here, and the bouncy and bubbly synth lines of this album will surely bring Erasure and Elegant Machinery to mind. Seriously, this band knows very well how to write some near unforgettable synth hooks, and these simple yet incessantly catchy synth riffs will be stuck in your head for days on end. The choruses are in the same vein.. I dare you to listen to "Generic Guitar Song" and not have that chorus in your head for the next few hours. That is, if you can stop grinning in agreement to the clever slam on 'real' (as some would call modern pop) music and how bland it's gotten.

However, don't mistake bouncy and bubbly music for lightweight lyrics. Although there aren't any lyrics provided in the booklet or website, from what I can tell the lyrics do have a fair share of depth, and show a good bit of thoughtful reflection at times.

About the only song I didn't care for here is "The Rat Man". The overuse of the echoing effect on the vocals didn't help, and plus it's just a unpleasant song, subject-wise. Combine those elements with a (for this band) sub-par chorus and melody, and you have the only real dud of the album. One other caveat: the language here does occasionally wander into PG territory, but it isn't prevalent or conspicuous. It's here and there, but the album doesn't turn into a swear-fest or anything.

The vocals are the only real overall weakness here. While he isn't near the most gifted vocalist I've heard, for the most part he does stay on key and deliver the lyrics convincingly. At times his voice sounds somewhat pinched, as if he were really forcing his voice to stay in a particular range.

Still, this is a great cd. For those whole love the simple synth arrangements and strong choruses of Erasure or Sweep, this is right up your alley. You'll have a hard time getting this disc out of your cd player... I know I have!


Love it
Good, old fashioned ear-dizzying synthpop with great melodies and catchy phrases. I was putting this CD on in the car first thing in the morning after my first listen!