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Methods of Silence

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Album Review

On their 1989 sophomore album, Camouflage entered the synth pop game when most people had already moved on. Camouflage's material contrasted sharply with the vibrancy of the ensuing decade, and the album's widening addition of violins, saxophones, and guitars couldn't prevent the band from being forced into a prematurely outdated pigeonhole. Regardless, "On Islands" and "One Fine Day" were sweet, multi-textured pop that swayed like a hammock strung between industrial pylons, while "Rue de Moorslede" regaled itself with a taut instrumental of circus organs, filtered horns, and the recurring sound of doors slammed shut. It was the opposite of '90s IDM — simple, sonically precise, forever reliant on pop song structures — and, along with Depeche Mode's Violator a year later, one of the last times when a band could get away with it.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Germany

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The German synth-pop trio Camouflage was officially formed in 1984 by vocalist Marcus Meyn and keyboardists/programmers Heiko Maile and Oliver Kreyssig. The group took first place in a radio-sponsored song contest in 1986, and before long, their debut single, "The Great Commandment," was scaling the German charts. Their full-length debut, Voices and Images, was released in 1988, reflecting the group's classic new wave synth-pop influences, but most of all Depeche Mode. 1989's Methods of Silence began...
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, R&B/Soul, Disco
  • Released: 01 January 1989

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