Tuesday 25 February 2014

Review: Tregenza – 'Stolen Thunder'

'Stolen Thunder' 

Continuing what he started with Goteki, Ross Tregenza returns with a new covers EP under his solo moniker. Utilising the same title as his former project. Goteki's 2011 'Stolen Thunder' EP, was a lot more geared towards the band's traditional crowd with covers of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy and Covenant. 2014 however, sees Tregenza focus on more mainstream cuts from Madonna, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Haddaway.

Leonard Cohen's 'The Partisan', which was previously covered on the Goteki 'Stolen Thunder' EP, gets a lush reworking to open the new album. A more expressive and mournful approach to the song makes it a stunning opener. 'Love Missile F1-11' is next to get the Tregenza treatment with a juxtaposition of strings, pianos and computer game samples in the intro set the tone for this sound-effects laden homage to the most futuristic of retro bands. 90's club classic 'What Is Love?' is next up for reconstruction. Still retaining it's dance credentials, Tregenza remakes Haddaway's original in his own “death-electro” style for the EP's stand-out offering. Madonna's 'Frozen' rounds-off the EP in minimalistic electro style with deep house embellishments for some extra sensuality.

Ross Tregenza's solo output goes from strength to strength and it's easy to hear just how far he has come since Goteki's 2011 EP of the same name. Comparatively the 2014 EP is superior in terms of execution and production, with even the more minimal tracks sounding fuller and more dense in content.

Tregenza has proved that his solo work has moved beyond the confines of what Goteki achieved and begun to carve a more impressive nice for himself. With this being the fourth EP under his belt, it remains to be seen what he will offer us in the way of a full-length release.

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