20 Oct 2020
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

An Electric Heart - Album Review: Otiose Me

06 Oct 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg

As you press play, the prologue hits you hard and it is obvious that Luke Pell, known as An Electric Heart, has a great understanding on sonics and dynamics on his new album Otiose Me.

Luke Pell describes the An Electric Heart sound as 'alternative pop'. The music is mostly electronic, with a distinctly 80's pop influence, often with double-tracked distorted guitars bringing a 'wall of sound' to the choruses. Recorded over a four year period, you can appreciate how much work has gone into this release.

What is really striking about this album is the way in which Luke approaches his sound. Having a real understanding of what makes 80's synth pop, he melds it into his own sound which in turn provides a truly powerful canvas for his vocals and lyrics to sit upon. Songs like Liquid Dream have a driving rhythm that pushes the song forward but still is able to choose the right places to have big guitars crashing in to back up melodic ideas in the vocal. And it is not just this song where you hear the exceptional showmanship and production work. Every song has so much happening yet it's all been fine tuned.

On the track Stars, an acoustic guitar takes place of driving synths to switch things up a bit. One notable mention is the fantastic vocal work from Luke which fits perfectly into this style. Even on the Fleetwood Mac cover of their track Everywhere, his range of pitch and delivery skill is on show. It was enjoyable to hear his take on this classic track.

And throughout the album, he demonstrates a keen sense of melody and harmony. Knowing when to leave space, when to harmonise… these are things you learn from spending time developing your craft and being able to draw from influences. One of the influences I hear a lot of here is from M83 due to the sonic quality of this album. Everyone will hear all sorts of 80's pop influence coming through the album which is just fantastic. I really enjoy hearing this sort of thing.

On the final track Epilogue (So Long), Luke reflects on life as an artist and its struggles. Something that all artists can relate to.

Luke has a real knack for songwriting and production. The albums flows really well with ideas developed clearly as found on every track. From subtle changes to how a synth line is played to the way the lyrics and vocals accompany the music, it all just works.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About An Electric Heart

An Electric Heart is the pseudonym of Napier based Musician/Music producer Luke Pell. An Electric Heart’s sound is described as a mix of electronic & punk elements, or ‘Alternative pop’.

An Electric Heart’s second full length album titled Pink & Blue was released in 2016. The album’s release was accompanied by a release show and a promotional video for the song Thunderhead.

Luke Pell released the first An Electric Heart record titled; An Electric Heart (Free Promo EP) as a solo project late in 2011, Luke then added more members and expanded the project into a fully-fledged band. Over the last four years An Electric Heart has been through multiple line-up changes and has now returned to being Pell’s solo project.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for An Electric Heart

Releases

Pink & Blue
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Drive
Year: 2016
Type: EP
An Electric Heart
Year: 2014
Type: Album
NZ Music
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Part 4 Of 4
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Come On Down
Year: 2012
Type: EP
V.R
Year: 2012
Type: EP
An Electric Heart (Promo)
Year: 2011
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Ben Ruegg

Gig Review: BENEE @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 16/10/2020
17 Oct 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
As I got to Spark Arena for the first time since February this year, I couldn't help but notice how many families were there with smiling kids, and parents alike, all waiting for doors to open. BENEE has become quite a superstar over this past year which has been awesome to see.
Read More...
theajsound - Single Review: Sorrow
12 Oct 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
Auckland based Indian born singer and songwriter theajsound (AKA AJ) has released a string of singles this year which have amassed hundreds of thousands stream on Spotify, and his latest, Sorrow is a catchy new tune that instantly catches your ear.The guitar sound is clean and an instant classic.
Read More...
Sam V - EP Review: Cruisin'
08 Oct 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
The new EP from Sam V, bKidd and EDY is a blast. With a few skits interwoven into the EP, the whole package feels well thought out and it sounds great.
Read More...
Matt Bizzle - Single Review: Just Let Me Know with Kevin Posey Feat. Lily Jackson
05 Oct 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
The reggaeton beat has been quite the staple in music trends for some time now, and with the new track Just Let Me Know from Matt Bizzle, it isn't the main feature. Instead, it is used in the right places to give this track a different vibe at the exact moment it is needed.
Read More...
Lester - Single Review: Sometimes Feat. Aunty Rae
29 Sep 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
On Lester's latest track Sometimes, featuring Aunty Rae, the New Zealand Hip-Hop artist turns his focus inward and discusses the things that we miss when we are away from home; which in his case is a list of memories that make home what it is. And yet, the real meaning of home is blurred and put to question.
Read More...
The RVMES - Single Review: Big Bam Boom
14 Sep 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
The RVMES newest track Big Bam Boom is a good time that deserves your attention.The rawness and realness of this track cannot be denied.
Read More...
Troy Kingi - Album Review: The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
10 Sep 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
Genius. Honestly.
Read More...
Dub Boys - EP Review: Fortune Favours The Bold
10 Sep 2020 // by Ben Ruegg
The newest EP from the Dub Boys is fantastic. As someone who appreciates all styles of music, Hip-Hop continues to be one I stay fascinated with due to the current climate and success of certain artists.
Read More...
View All Articles By Ben Ruegg

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
  • LEMONADE
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
  • HOLY
    Justin Bieber feat. Chance The Rapper
  • SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
  • WAP
    Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • DREAMS
    Fleetwood Mac
  • HEAD & HEART
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
  • WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVE
    Pop Smoke
  • PUT YOUR RECORDS ON
    Ritt Momney
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem