Title: In A Chinese Room
Genre: Darkwave / Alternative / Post Punk / Synth Pop
Release Date: 21st April 2023
Steve Whitfield, he of KLÄMMER and producer of THE CURE, THE MISSION and YANN TIERSON etc. has another project called SCENIUS. The duo has been in existence since 2020 and what we have here is a project that sounds very vintage electronic. Not surprisingly really when one uses vintage synths and channels the energy of the likes of JOHN FOXX , NUMAN and KRAFTWERK but with an added modern twist. This track is all groin. It’s physical and hunkered down instead of being predominantly cerebral. The first bars set the tone, with soundscapes that meander in a DEPECHE MODE and KRAFTWERK way and create a closed in dreamy groove. The accompanying video is close cropped on faces that sit atop dancing bodies, totally in the moment. This is great!! In fact I’ve put it on loop for 15 minutes. It did cross my mind that it could be a bit longer but then I thought “Nah, it’s just right”. For the next week or so I’ll be waking up in the morning with this sound-tracking my path to the bathroom to clean my teeth and then on to the kitchen for the usual fast breaking!
Steve Whitfield - Synths/Electronics
Fab Nau - Vocals
Total: 8 / 10