After the succes of the until now 3 EPs ("Means to an End", "Stagnation/Death" in 2010 and "thenceforward" in 2009) as well as the debut "Long-Distance Side Trip" (2010) and the recently as a free download released EP "Disorder" Mind.Area are back with the new album "Maze".
On "Maze" the Human Decay member Maikko A. proves once more, that the concious use of modern and retro sounds complement one another brilliant and creates an impressing symbiosis of club-suitable electro rhythms and atmospheric moments. Though animating to dance, the concept difers strong from the common club hits. Instead of building on lethargic-aggressive electro rhythms, Mind.Area focus on atmosphere primarily and create a fascinating kaleidoscope of dark, electronic music.
With "Maze" a new chapter of the art around Mind.Area is opened, which consciously focuses on many guest appearances of different musicians. The singers and musicians of EGOamp, Empty, Reizstrom, Blame, Drowning Susan and LPF12 enrich the compositions with a very varied note. For the future, mastermind Maikko A. is planning further collaborations with guest musicians and keeps the concept, that many varied influences can form a very own sound cosmos, as "Maze" already proves on an impressive way.
A highly melodic and emotional dark electro album that will haunt you. Pyrroline’s music has always had an intrinsic sadness, but the melancholy on 'Struggling' surpasses anything Arnte and Schmoun have done so far. I fell in love with it right away. virus_of_time
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this album after its announcement in fall 2020. I was not disappointed.
While many of the tracks are reminiscent of Unknown Room, in both composition and sound palette, that by no means is a weakness for the album. A beautiful selection of guest vocalists make the album make the album extremely engaging. I look forward to spinning the wax for the missus once it arrives.
My favorite track is an instrumental: Third Eye. It is utterly Braptastic. experimentalfan