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Tehnoloogiline Päike hits their stride with dynamic, interesting tracks on ‘Technological Sun’

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Tehnoloogiline Päike seems like a weird band. The thing is, though, they make it work for them.

This techno group from Estonia will likely remind you of bands such as Daft Punk or Boards of Canada. They have their own feel to each of their songs, though, too.

I believe a good techno group needs to do something to differentiate itself from the hoard. Especially considering how easy it is to create music and post it online these days.

The guys in this band do just that with a smattering of thoughtful lyrics, freaky sounds and clean vocals.

The album starts with the instrumental track, “This Means War.” The track reminds me of portions of in-game music from the Super Nintendo RPG “Secret of Mana.” Whether that’s intentional or not, we may never know. But, the similarities are striking.

TP_Evar_Mihkel_02They change gears on the next track, the most-listened one on the album “Breaking It.”

Upbeat and synth-driven, “Breaking It” sounds futuristic and retro at the same time somehow. Upon hearing the vocalist for the first time, I kept getting a strong Devo feel to them. More than anything, though, the music is interesting. I found myself coming back to certain tracks because they piqued my interest.

That futuristic feel may be the biggest similarity of each track. Another favorite of mine has to be “Redemption” which, like the others, has a strong synth presence, but also has some stringed instrument fillers that complements the robotic sounds quite well.

Like the opening track, this one has that video game feel to it, although I can’t really place the specific game that this would have came from as much as “This Means War.” The female vocals at the end come as a surprise but don’t sound like they don’t fit the tone of the track, something that’s not easy to do.

At any rate, though, these guys really do know how to make music that bridges the gap between pop and electronica. It’s fun, powerful and intelligent.

This is the first album the group has put out since they won “Album of the Year” at the Estonia Music Awards. They also performed a audiovisual concert collaboration with the Estonian symphonic orchestra and choir based on that album.

On their official description of this album, the band states that it is “more intense and less restrained than its two lush predecessors.”

If you like electro pop, give these guys a listen and decide for yourself about what you think of their sound.

If I had to come up with any kind of criticism it’d be that their name, from an English American’s standpoint, is kind of a challenge to say or spell. It is, however, quite original, so maybe they don’t mind having a name that may be hard to say.

You can find more from Tehnoloogiline Päike on Facebook, and BandCamp.

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