Credits: all songs G Pappas; vox-instruments G Pappas; spoken word Track 9 Deity. Album lyrics alienskinmusic.com/lyrics
RATED SOUND "...By hitting “play” on European Electronic Cinema you are accepting an invitation. You are about to enter the imagination of Alien Skin and access a fascinating world. The feeling is very similar to that of reading a good book. We are taken temporarily out of our own lives and transplanted as observers into the author’s creation.
This is the kind of album that could only have been produced by a mature artist at the top of their game. Make no mistake, this is music for grown-ups. Grown-ups who appreciate innovation and a musical adventure born out of a fertile imagination generating endless fascinating ideas."
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JAMSPHERE "...This album is one of the most beautiful soundscapes I’ve heard in recent times, sounding somewhat like post-rock evolving to its most beautiful level possible. Even though this is only one guy, with an occasional extra instrument, it sounds bigger than your local philharmonic if it needs to. Not that Pappas needs to or wants to, as he keeps the music fairly spacious, dreamy and mellow. Add those, oh-so-hypnotizing vocals to complete the sound, and it’s hard to listen to this album and not feel like you are not only listening to something entirely new and unworldly, but also in some entirely unfamiliar awe inspiring landscape.
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NO MORE DIVISION "... George Pappas aka Alien Skin has released a stunning amount of material in the last couple of years. If you haven't yet, check our reviews of his previous albums Creature with the Human Face and Winter On Mars. His latest is another full-length entitled European Electronic Cinema which contains ten tracks. Is it his best? It’s certainly arguable but I actually prefer not to think of it like that. There are new songs with a slight different feel but Pappas holds on to the foundation that made his previous efforts his own in the first place.
There are still a lot of synths and the songs still have a slightly otherworldly, ethereal vibe to them, Pappas who I still think sounds like a combination of David Bowie and Scott Walker post-the drift does not cut any corners. The songs are fleshed out while still often feeling atmospheric. The songs feel as if they float away if it wasn’t for the percussion and his vocals.
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NEUFUTUR "...June Is the Coldest Time is a haunting, expansive track that immediately requires listeners to focus on each movement that Alien Skin includes. This bold gambit provides listeners with some semblance of where Alien Skin is going to go on his latest release. The sound of this first single is reminiscent of Spandau Ballet and The Smiths. Hints of electronic fuzz bring a bit more ambient and techno into the mix. My Polaroid Friend (Thin White Duke) is the last gasp of the album, but showcases an artist that can do more in a space less than three minutes than many performers could hope to do in thrice that.
Top Tracks: I Love Art Deco, June Is the Coldest Time"
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SIDE-LINE "....“European Electronic Cinema” is a styled production mixing electro-pop and jazzy influences into a delicious reverie trip."
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STEREO STICKMAN "...To begin as I mean to go on, it’s important to point out that what you get from this album, when you listen in full, is nothing short of a beautiful and thought provoking trip. From the initial few seconds of listening to June Is The Coldest Time, the sense of what this will all be about is as clear as it is unpredictable. These dream-like, abstract songs, which have been woven together with intense yet gentle synths, and a voice so soft that it haunts you, present an eclectic and evocative array of music that will leave you willingly addicted to what it is that the artist creates.
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TILTING WILLOW STUDIOS "...Alien Skin composes what he calls “songs and synthesizers” with “noir atmosphere, monochrome dreams, and experimental detours.” Surprisingly, his self-description is rather apt. His latest studio album, an effort entitled ‘European Electronic Cinema,’ is very much all of those peculiarities. It’s highly atmospheric, mysteriously eclectic, and highly experimental. Due out September 2, I have early access to the collection to review. Is it worth grabbing when it drops? For a certain audience, absolutely.
‘Sterile in Blue’ is one of the finest tracks on the album. The composition is absolutely extraordinary. It’s captivating in every way, and Pappas’ sly poetic imagery supplements the sonic experience so heavily. I absolutely love Alien Skin’s production style. Despite having such depth in its productions, ‘European Electronic Cinema’ feels so accessible. ‘I Still Think of You,’ for example, is a haunting track that employs these ghostly, ethereal reverberations. It’s really an experience to enjoy.
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THE BANDCAMP DIARIES "...European Electronic Cinema, has just been released, and it is a record as bold and striking as its iconic title. European Electronic Cinema features a kaleidoscopic and unpredictable approach to electronic music, defined by ethereal soundscapes with textural and full-bodied sounds; it blurs the line between accessibility and experimentalism in the realm of forward-thinking electronic music.
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SLEEPINGBAG STUDIOS "...The groove, rhythm and pulse of “The Emporer’s Tram Girl” is seriously addictive to listen to. A MASSIVE highlight occurring towards the end of this record – Pappas is at his finest on the vocals, energy and flow of this second-to-last cut and “The Emporer’s Tram Girl” is completely a track I would listen to over and over again. Excellent ideas in the music, composition and the way the beat in this track never lets up until just towards the end in a final switch and departure into an inspired ending. Can’t enough of it, all I can do is love and LOVE it – “The Emporer’s Tram Girl” is a serious winner.
It’s certainly not a typical record in any kind of conventional sense…it’s got real adventure, tone and ideas in the writing and really made for an otherworldly and adventurous listening experience. Who doesn’t want to have one of those right?"
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INDIE BAND GURU "...The first track, “June Is the Coldest Time” starts off with a very nice synthesized beat that fades into some really trippy sounds. The vocals begin and they are soft enough to make it seem like they are a thousand miles away yet pumping into your ear drums at the same time. As the female background vocals come in, you can’t understand what is being said but it still manages to reverberate through you. “Prettiest Flower” is the sixth track, and personally my favorite. It starts out so delicately, just as a flower would be described. There’s a trippy sense to it, but there’s also a continuous thumping in your eardrums that keep you grounded while your mind goes on a journey.
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MUSIC EXISTENCE "...European Electronic Cinema is a lovelorn journey comprising euphoria, destruction, and reinvigoration in one. What begins as a hazy, seemingly grandiose recollection of memories becomes clearer and more complete with each song. The instrumentation is extremely well-crafted, allowing listeners to not only lose themselves in different worlds but relate to scenarios that prove truthfully—and painfully—down to Earth. Any day now, listeners will be exposed to an album that resonates, both solidly and creatively. "
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