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Review: 'Kirlian Camera'
'Sky Collapse feat Eskil Simonsson (Covenant)'   

-  Genre: 'Industrial'

Our Rating:
As the liner notes explain, ‘Sky Collapse’ is the overture of a storm to come. Not only is it the first single from Kirlian Camera’s new album ‘Hologram Moon’, but also a dark song about falling skies and seemingly hopeless scenarios. Plus, it marks the collaboration of two of the most distinguished names in dark electronic world, as Kirlian Camera work with Swedish electronic icons Covenant on the A-side version of the track, which is also a duet between singer Elena Alice Fossi and Covenant's Eskil Simonsson.

It’s a cold and brooding yet eminently accessible track, prefaced by a sample of Reverend Jim Jones, and subsequently propelled by an insistent beat with a classic – and now timeless – sound and feel. The glacial synths eddy around an urgent bass pulsation, and it all breaks into a cinematic chorus. And while it may be about falling skies, that’s in the context of a sense of collapse and despair, and not the corny Netflix series which credits Stephen Spielberg as executive producer. The result is simultaneously bleak and uplifting.

‘Sky Collapse’ is accompanied by a Dancetronic Remix, plus two other tracks in the shape of ‘Venus Maze’ (a short, delicate string-based semi-ambient instrumental) and an alternative version of the hazy, shimmering ‘Moonlight Sonata for Holograms’ (which features in its regular version on the forthcoming album). They’re solid B-sides, too, which compliment the lead track nicely. The whole thing has the aura of a 12” maxi-single from back in the day, and while I’m not about to come on all nostalgic… well, it’s rather hard not to.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Kirlian Camera - Sky Collapse feat Eskil Simonsson (Covenant)