There is a revival going on at the moment with the whole 80's electronica sound. Bands like Blancmange, Heaven 17, Yazoo and Kraftwerk are finding their names being dropped by the likes of Lady Gaga, Little Boots and La Roux, yet none of these acts have managed to capture the true sound that made the afore mentioned bands so influential in the first place. That is until now. Robert Diament, aka Temposhark, has got the 80's electronica sound pretty much sussed and has put together a catchy batch of tunes for his second album.
When we reviewed the first single from the album back in August of last year we were impressed. The World Does Not Revolve Around You was and is an extremely catchy piece of pop that should have been wedged at the top of the charts but a lack of radio play meant that it passed under most peoples radar. It is by far the strongest song here and surely warrants a re-release. Another former single, Bye Bye Baby is perfectly suited to the American market and is of a quality that La Roux could only imagine coming close to.
Diament and his songwriting partner and producer Sean McGhee certainly know how to craft a pop song as Cold, Green Light and Frames prove with shades of Aha and Duran Duran about them and the duo only lose their way with the awful Stuck. A song that sounds like a bad remix lifted straight from Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds album and sits completely out of place with the quality around it. The album closes with two remixes of the title track and latest single but they are not a patch on the excellent original version which if there is any justice should be a hit.
This is a great album from an artist that certainly deserves more recognition that he is currently getting. Threads may just rectify that situation.