Album Review: The Golden Filter – Voluspa

By on Wednesday, 5th May 2010 at 2:00 pm

Okay, for those speculating about the authenticity of The Golden Filter, take some comfort. The electronic pop duo and their debut, Voluspa, doesn’t totally rip of Goldfrapp. Yet, there are more than a few glowing reminisces of said band, especially in the synth-based single, “Hide Me.” Still, it comes as a highly likeable tune, both catchy and danceable, even if it seems to exclude some originality.

Meanwhile, album opener, “Dance Around The Fire” is equally enjoyable and carries an influential touch of Eastern music sounds, particularly heard in the heavily driven cello hook line and clashing drum beats and soaring, electro pop melody.

And then we have songs like “Look Me In The Eye”, “Moonlight Fantasy” and “The Underdogs” which are so well polished and cleanly produced by this Aussie-American duo that there’s little room for disco filth. That said, all tracks carry bombastic beats and grooves that are no doubt danceable.

But after a few bass lines in with each track, the supped-up synths by Stephen Hindman and Penelope Trappes’ vocal deliveries carry too many similarities of the album’s previous songs. And with that, a fog of sameness starts to set in, blanketing blahness on the majority of the album.

Starlight and Thunderbird do their best to break up the album’s uniformity and essentially standout as album highlights. Starlight, for example, brings that glitz and glam and fancy electronic sounds that make an indie dance floor tremble for six minutes. Thunderbird, meanwhile, closes the album with fragile vocals and pure pop beats underneath it. There’s also some weird synthesizer noises going on that were seemingly omnipresent in bands like Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode during the whole new wave movement in the 1980s.

While there’s nothing outlandishly appalling about Voluspa, it’s easy to get bored with the overwhelming amount of similarities that each track carries. The Golden Filter has the goods to leave a mark on the sweaty dance floors, if only their follow-up album packs a bigger punch of creativity and imagination.

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