The Wicker Man

by Alien Skin

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Alicia
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Alicia I love the art/graphics unusual but then I've always like different, contrasting things. The music is mellow but alluring, mystic.

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electroniclady I love your voice on this George, the chorus has me in rapture - TWM is such a dark masterpiece of yours
Genevieve
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Genevieve what a new find, atmospheric, dark and powerful can I have more like this please!
Darin Pepper
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Darin Pepper Thank you for releasing this gem George. So dark, cold and warm at the same time. The type of sounds that made me fall in love with your music!
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IN THE MEDIA: Song review in leading Indie magazine, Jamsphere

"...so what does “The Wicker Man” tells us about George Pappas aka Alien Skin? Practically nothing new, and that’s the great news! What it does, is confirm, from my personal point of view, that Alien Skin, alongside Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark – though stylistically different between them – are the only pioneers still able to make relevant, authentically sounding synth-music.

It is what I used to, and still call, electronic music with soul. It has absolutely nothing to do with the sample-based, groove box electronics currently all the rage. Not that there is anything wrong with the new stuff, it’s just a different beast that delivers different levels of enjoyment. It’ the same difference of enjoyment I perceive between a vinyl recording and digital download from iTunes.

If anything “The Wicker Man” proves that Alien Skin has musically aged better than most if not all of the musicians of his generation proving that he was a modern prophet, and remains as such when it comes to synth based music. Pappas’ voice is almost used like an instrument, as his vocal style shifts to suit what is needed by the song. What’s surprising to me is how warm the sound is – the timbre is comforting while the lyrics issue a series of warnings to the listener.

The gentle but insistent, atmospheric backing-track, floats by, confirming images of a dark expanse of space, with plenty of room for the vocals to wave their melodic way through the song. Even though there’s space and dynamics to the instrumentation, there’s haunting tension and a great sense of scope.

In a perfect world this track would sit amongst many year-end polls. The grand theme and sound deserve to be soaked up by as many people as possible. “The Wicker Man” offers up a great song and motif that will pay you back with repeated lessons.

It’s a track that certainly lends itself to persuading you to immerse yourself and explore other songs by Alien Skin. “The Wicker Man” takes what George Pappas aka Alien Skin has been steadily doing for much more than a while now, and reinvents it, boosts it, increasing its vibrancy and electronic power, and then bringing it into the expanse of the modern music landscape."

Click to read the full review on Jamsphere jamsphere.com/reviews/alien-skin-the-wicker-man-a-great-sense-of-scope

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released February 12, 2018

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Alien Skin Melbourne, Australia

Alien Skin is veteran 'Real Life' keyboardist George Pappas. From the million seller SEND ME AN ANGEL in the '80s to cinematic atmosphere today - sharing the musical sensibilities of Gore/Wilder version Depeche Mode, David Bowie & all things sensuously mysterious & emotive. For those who enjoy the beautiful, the surreal & dark romanticism in electronic music, this is home.... ... more

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