September 21, 2022

A name new to me but one that has been making waves for several years is the Athens based post-punk synthwave duo of Kriistal Ann and Toxic Razor (I’m guessing not their real names). Kriistal Ann studied classical music and piano at the Prague State Conservatory with Toxic Razor being a fan of old school technology with the more knobs to twiddle with on the keyboards the better! They have recorded separately but something must have gelled when they worked together as their techno musings have very much put the duo in the limelight. It seems that they record in real time by which I’m assuming that they perform live in the studio using old school synthesizers and drum machines and they do not use any form of sequencing or editing software to enhance the sound.

What Paradox Obscura deliver is a superior, eclectic techno/electro pop with is probably best described as a coming together of early Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Air and Jean-Michel Jarre. Morphogenesis is their fourth album being an interconnected album made up of stand-alone electro tracks that fairly buzz with energy and will have you bouncing up and down in no time at all. Kriistal Ann has a great voice which blends perfectly with the sublime keyboards and if you like the musings of the French band Air then you are going to love this.

Morphogenesis

  1. Cocoon (3:42)
  2. Stellaire (4:02)
  3. Animal Reactor (3:47)
  4. Evo-Devo (3:50)
  5. Wild Silk (3:47)
  6. Monoclone (3:41)
  7. Krankes Herz (3:42)
  8. Pollar (4:04)
  9. In Vitro (3:55)