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I’ve heard Taxim for the first time trying to write a review of their newest release. I wouldn’t hide that I wanted them to impress me...
This German electro-industrial band amazed me with the track Das Augenproblem, album Monitoring opening, released this year by Ionium Records.
This first track is a mix of electronic freshness, modernity, mystery and a kind of magic. All of these features are mixing for whole album, and it is hard to separate them.

TAXIM is not hiding their Jean-Michel Jarre inspiration. And, of course, one cannot stop thinking that they are using achievements of electronic music pioneer. Especially it is noticeable during 500 Stufen, Pain remains or 68/12.
The track that left me impressed, just after Das Augenproblem, is 2011, when side by side with crazy piano sounds appear heavy guitars. In this embodiment it is a perfect mix!

Definitely the worst and disgusting track is Ich bin nicht schuld. It sounds like poor disco-electro from the nineties of the last century. It destroys wholeness and I would remowe it from tracklist with pleasure.
Monitoring is an interesting publishing, that becomes boring with time. I can’t listen to it without associations to Jean-Michel Jarre. Definitive similarities disturb proper reception of the album for me.
I recommend listening to it after earlier division into two or three parts.

Tracklist:

01. Das Augenproblem
02. Tringa solitaria
03. 2011
04. Digital revolution
05. Ich bin Nicht Schuld
06. How happy you are
07. Pain remains
08. 500 Stufen
09. 68/12
10. Dein Kind?
11. World in slow motion
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Add date: 2013-05-15 / Music reviews


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