STEREO STICKMAN MAGAZINE..."This 2014 album release from Alien Skin, although somewhat similar to the style of songwriting featured on this year’s European Electronic Cinema, is a vastly different audio experience. The opening and title track alone is a moment of true and unusual beauty. The artist’s uniquely creative approach to composing and producing music is instantly notable, and what’s more, the concept of this piece, the ideas put forth, and the mind expanding ambiance on the whole, is all emphasised further by the thoughtful way in which the song has been crafted and structured. It presents listeners with a new kind of peace, a sense of it being ok to wonder, to think freely, to let your mind run away with you sometimes. It’s a wonderful and relevant introduction to the collection.
This particular array of musical substance suits the sound of the artist’s voice beautifully. And Through The Clouds is the first moment at which everything is utterly gentle to begin with, so the song feels much like how you might imagine floating in space would – another of George’s brilliant artistic moments of expressing ideas through far more than just lyrics. The sounds that have been created and selected and incorporated into this particular project have in fact built up a rather breath taking experience for listeners. I described Alien Skin’s most recent album as a beautiful and thought provoking trip. I now realise that this is something you can rely upon the artist for again and again.
You can also rely on Alien Skin for real feeling. Despite the somewhat out-there nature of this album, conceptually, there is so much humanness in there that it’s overwhelming at times. Temple Bar In Dublin, for example. It’s a song that begins in the way that any song of love or loss might, but it develops into something much more unexpected, and yet with each and every turn the honesty and the openness is immense. The lyrics are the sort that make you want to hang on every word, yet they are always unfamiliar, they are always something new – or occasionally, something regular, but expressed in a completely unheard of way. And despite the unfamiliar presentation of the lines, they feel important, and they’re comforting, particularly when performed by the artist himself, with his soft and calming voice, and woven in amongst such blissful and peaceful music.
Following this, Darkness Knows No Shame is a crucial moment within the project. The beat has a distinct thickness and energy to it, and the concept is striking, so the whole song really stands out as something that should be paid attention to. And then at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, Amelia takes you somewhere new yet again.
What really struck me about this album is the songwriting. Alien Skin writes songs that appeal to the human heart and mind, songs that are melodically attractive, seemingly easy to listen to, but always unpredictable, and always so very complex. In Liquid Glass I Float seems to fall from the sky after listening to Amelia. It hits you, and it’s a welcome hit. The melody is beautifully hopeful, but the lyrics are so unexpected, and the music once again makes you feel like the theme is a part of you and a part of your existence for a while. It’s a fascinating form of artistic expression, and it’s clever, powerful – it brings about real feelings, it opens the mind, it relaxes you, all within just a few minutes, and all without leaving you uncomfortable or perplexed. You’re likely to feel more and more comfortable and relaxed in fact as the collection progresses, though your thoughts are likely to be running wild by the time it’s all over.
Last Man In The World follows next with a well suited mood, and afterwards, Melancholy Song steps into the spotlight at just the right time; with it’s half-melancholy, half optimistic energy – as is often the way with Alien Skin’s writing. And then, for one last moment of deep thought and pondering, Doctor in Space brings things to a close with a gentle sort of intensity.
It’s a deeply thoughtful, unusual and beautiful collection, and as a complete project it’s one of the most interesting and out there releases of the past few years.
Listen to the whole thing in full. Make an evening of it – it’s an extraordinary experience. Listen to European Electronic Cinema as well"
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NO MORE DIVISION MAGAZINE... "Just recently George Pappas released the exceptional Winter On Mars which we reviewed. A couple of years before that he released Creature with the Human Face. Creature with the Human Face is arguably a more accessible album. Pappas does implement warm overtones with a number of different types of synth sounds as well as transition and parts which those who don’t explore the fringe of what music might not be accustomed to but also throws in a couple of songs that you could see working in a dark goth dance club.
Take for instance the beat heavy “Darkness Knows No Shame” which may be the catchiest song on the album. The song implements a 4/4 beat with a thick bass drum that really drives the groove. Pappas isn’t lazy when it comes to production on songs like this. You can easily bob your head to the groove or put on some headphones and explore the subterranean synths that provide an extra layer of energy.
The following song “Amelia” is more subdued but also one you can dance to. “Amelia” is a little more dark and mystic sounding but not something the club kids would veer away from.
There are plenty of songs which are much more atmospheric with not much backbone. “In Liquid Glass I Float” is one of those songs that relies on airy vocals and arpeggiated synths. The title track is a song that is a near perfect blend of catchy vocal melodies and experimentation. It’s warm and dark but his vocals create a unique juxtaposition that works out quite well in the long run.
Pappas continues to showcase ingenuity when it comes to thinking outside the box. Take for instance the very unique breakdown on “Life on Earth” or the descending synths you hear on “At Night She's Dark.”
Pappas manages to create a cohesive album that is also quite eclectic. The palette of sounds feels like it coming from the same place but each song's attention to detail feels unique. If you’re new to Alien Skin Creature with the Human Face may be a great introduction but I’d also make sure to give Winter On Mars a spin as well. "
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