Far Side of the Face
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Moonpop, 2012
On the minimalist designed digipack release "Far Side of the Face", Edgar’s son Jerome adds a new chapter to his existing catalogue of "guitartronica".
I find slightly kindred emotive currents in the album’s music as encountered in the shoegazer works of Ulrich Schnauss, although Jerome’s outcome radiates a much optimistic feel, while it stylistically connects to "Shiver me Timbers". In addition, the less energetic but still most creative release offers a fascinating merge of guitar-triggered electronics that kick fast-forward on the edgy "Scroll to Position" after the pleasant mellow start on the first two tracks. "Far Side of the Face" also features two great tracks made in collaboration with Johannes Schmoelling: the cracker "Novembernauts" and "Crystal Red", both containing Johannes soaring synth melody-lines.
Also pay special attention to the complex and most intriguing 10-minute exercise "Her Majesty’s Adornments" or the intimate sphere created on ""A Neo-Victorian Romance". Strange and unexpected though are the faint distortions in the audio spectrum in the final track "Captain of the Skies".
Make sure you give "Far Side of the Face" quite some spins, as its stellar produced, mixed and mastered guitar-electro rock music will grow for sure.