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Section 12 – “Decline” – [Self Produced]

Kai Sync   6/8/2016   A Library, CD

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Section 12 is a Boston-based band; this is their eight album. Stylistically they are going for the retro dark wave rock with influences from Joy Division and early day Cabaret Voltaire. As such this is a noble approach but songwriting-wise the pop-coefficient is turned up too high with some tracks resulting in some tracks having eerie echoes of serious emo music with too much verse melody polishing. If the pop-level is tuned down then the seriousness has its shining moment. Also, the dramatic vocal presentation of the singer makes you wonder if this is seriousness or an internal joke. It’s a thin line between satire and art. This is dark half-goth music, synth-wave and some traces of industrial, sad core. Enough labeling. Nevertheless, applauds for some of the tracks being outside the beaten track of Indie music.

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