Until the release of their new CD, Terrorist TV (launched on September 11th, naturally!), I was only familiar with Foretaste through several of their remixes. But all that changed when I downloaded this fine CD from iTunes. It’s one of the most amazing new releases of 2008, from a French duo that few people have ever heard of. Foretaste is a duo with enigmatic names: XX handles the vocals with a very capable, sexy-sounding voice – with a French accent, of course – while XY does some very creative programming and backing vocals.
Terrorist TV opens with the song “Dying for the First Time in My Life,” the first of several dance-floor friendly tracks on the CD. “21” is another excellent dance track, with a pulsating beat and expressive vocals. My particular favorite on Terrorist TV, however, is “Soft and Delicate,” which grabs ahold of you from the opening notes and never lets go. This excellent song has a techo feel, and is punctuated by playful synthesizer riffs and spoken vocals in several places. This CD also features several mid- and down-tempo tracks, which are equally as good.
One other track that is worthy of note is “The Virgin Concept,” a 1-minute instrumental that contains a pulsating synthesizer sound that is like nothing I’ve ever heard. It’s pretty cool, especially with the speakers or headphones turned up loud. It just resonates inside your head!
I’m normally not a big fan of female-fronted synthpop bands, but Foretaste is an amazing exception. I highly recommend this CD, as well as their first one, Beautiful Creatures. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
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