Thursday, May 10, 2007

Popnoname - White Album

Popnoname's debut album, White Album, is fun progressive house and techno. The album starts with "No Doubt", a wonderful vocal track. It has a long intro which really builds up until the beats kick in fully at three minutes. It's followed by "Tremolo", a techno piece with piercing synth sounds. "Still" is another vocal track, which manages to bring together many sounds and styles in 5 minutes.

"Light" is not exactly what its title indicates, with a big kick drum, a brisk melody and vocals about longing. It almost has an electrohouse feel to it. "Ferry Sponge" is deep and moody, with haunting melodies. It's in danger of being overlooked, because it does nothing big and obvious, but is a quality track all the same. It's followed by "Human One", which has deep house beats and melancholy vocals. It's one of the weaker tracks on the album.

"Kapital" is probably the biggest tracks on the album. It's very melodic, with strong synths, jangly reverbed guitars and throbbing bass. It should destroy any progressive house or even trance dancefloors. Along with "No Doubt", it's the best track on the album.

"Jasminstrauch" slows things down with some moody electronica. It's well done. "Mother Earth" is even slower and nearly beatless, with a sweet vocal. Finally, "Taken" ends it all with a brief, three-minute ambient piece. It's a good ending to a solid album. It will be released on Italic in June.