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iris radiant
Artist: Iris
Title: Radiant
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 24th October 2014
Label: Dependent Records

Album Review

With 'Radiant', the duo of Andrew Sega and Reagan Jones celebrate their return under the IRIS moniker and hopes are high the lads are going to please us with yet another collection of superb melodies and poppy structures. But first things first. The varying shades of rather bright colours foretell a different mood than its predecessor 'Blacklight' altogether; and indeed, the opening 'Another Way' pours out night life texture and pleasant anticipation about those hours that make life worth living coupled with the unmistakable melancholia we've come to know and love. Within the flickering neon lights of a club, there is the right place to find 'Phenom'. Even though not specifically emphasizing a club attitude, once you hear it you know it belongs right there. On a foundation of finely grained beats comes 'In The Clear, seeing a Reagan Jones singing outside his comfort zone. But unlike many peers who are failing to convince in a higher pitch, he does a fine job doing it until the song is opening up providing a huge sound-stage bound together by the thick sunset melodies.

'Sound Becomes Waves' puts almost anything and everything to support the immensely layered atmospheres of this mid-tempo track as it drifts on through time and space in a seemingly weightless manner. Simple as it is, 'Don't Cry' which has served already as teaser to the album is electronic pop music at its best. Melodies upon melodies build to splice quickly into a web of multi-layered sounds that immerse you completely. 'Sight Unseen' early on had become one of my favourite tracks. It has this way of luring you into a world of its own; a different plane of reality if you will while at the same time gets you to tap your feet. Gorgeous track. 'Radiant' closes with the almost beat-less 'Life In A Forest' which like no other track on the album highlights Regan's applicability as a vocalist. It's floating weightlessly over a bed of delicate guitar work interwoven with a set of contemplative melodies. So, no matter the waiting time and the reason the duo fell out with each other. I'm glad they found back together and created this seamless body of work that is 'Radiant' and that will accompany many of us for a long time to come.


01. Another Way
02. Phenom
03. Wayseer
04. In The Clear
05. Sound Becomes Waves
06. Don't Cry
07. Infinite Yonder
08. Cries Of Insanity
09. Rewired
10. Sight Unseen
11. Life In A Forest


Reagan Jones
Andrew Sega


Cover Picture

iris radiant


Music: 9
Sound: 9
Extras: -
Total: 9 / 10

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