Dance of Atoms – Atom & Eve
With an explosion of electronic energy, Dance of Atoms’ latest EP, Atom & Eve is filled with pop hooks and pulsing beats.
Opening with ‘Burn Me Up’, there are clear influences from the Scissor Sisters on the vocals, but musically things are more edgy and experimental, with a throbbing oscillator that cuts through to demand attention. Tracks like ‘I Still Love You’ are packed with mid 80s influences a la Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys, while bringing the sound bang up to date with a touch of auto tune on the vocal that warbles over a house organ, all the while following an insistent four-to-the-floor bass beat.
The influences are all the more brought into sharp relief on ‘The 80s’, name checking all kinds of memorabilia (Swatch watch, anyone?) while Dance of Atoms’ music sounds remarkably modern, with driving guitars running underneath the track. There are hints of Datarock and LCD Soundsystem, which all contributes to the music’s confidence and clarity.
Atom & Eve is positively bristling with electronics, which at times makes the EP very exciting, but there are points like on ‘Artificial Avalanche’ where the tone is somewhat thin and clinical, falling somewhere between Lady Gaga’s early work and Electric Six.
Closing with ‘I Can Change’, we’re presented with at track that is well balanced in its construction, starting off soft and tender before gradually moving into a more intense electronic development that nods towards MGMT’s ‘Kids’.