After, hearing their contribution to MOJO's New Order - "Power, Corruption & Lies" tribute CD. I was intrigued; wooed by the near ethereal female vocals. My understanding is that the Golden Filter crafted the songs as a soundtrack to a movie that had not yet been written. So, the short film on the companion DVD came later. I think read that somewhere, or perphaps those vocals lulled me into a trance.
Much like "Syndromes" predecessor, "Voluspa", the Golden Filter's influences are quite present. But, they are not overwhelming. Also like "Voluspa", there is a theme and concept which is more pronounced here on "Syndromes" because it is a soundtrack. (Duh!) That said, "Syndromes" exposes more cinematic elements than its predecessor.
"Oh, that's all very good, but what do they sound like?"
It is electronic music, but with very cinematic atmosphere, interesting arrangments, and the afore mentioned female vocals. A lot of the nostalgic trappings, like 80s New Wave, Synth Pop, and Cosmic Disco, that were perceptible on their previous release are a bit muted It is not until track five, when that very wicked arpeggiated synthline kicks in, that some of the Golden Filter's New Wave roots show only to roll into a choir of aahhs reminiscent of 1990s electronica to be consumed by a more organic, tribal chorus and then back again. By this point, you may be thinking that a contribution to a David Lynch film would be appropriate. And then, the disc finishes with a really amazing cover of "The Mysteries of Love" from the Blue Velvet soundtrack.
However, it appears that only our friends across the pond are taking notice. But then again, they still have real record stores.