The Secret Meeting
Ultrashiver


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 17th, 2008 | 11 replies | 6,123 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great collaboration between darkwave band, Collide, and electronica/shoegaze artist Dean Garcia of Curve.

When Collide seemed to virtually disappear from the music world I was bummed. They were one of the better darkwave/industrial bands I had heard, and their vocalist, Karin, had a unique and cool voice. So you could imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this band which is a collaboration between the members of Collide and Dean Garcia of Electronica/Shoegaze band Curve. It seems safe to assume that a majority of people have no idea who these bands are, so with that in mind, I am going to move forward with the review as if this were a totally new band without any past to reference.

The Secret Meeting plays an interesting blend of darkwave and electronica, with an emphasis on Karin’s lush and delicate vocals. The music is often slow and mellow with darkwave-inspired synths contrasted with slow, groovy beats, occasional guitar sounds (they lack the form to truly be called riffs), and ambient noises. Karin’s breathy, almost erotic, vocals are often layered with indistinct chanting and reverberating vocal harmonies which gives a lot of the songs an ethereal, almost dark, new age quality. It’s not a sound that has never been done before, but the band pulls it off better then most.

Almost every song embodies the above characteristics, but standout tracks would include “Am I Here” with its trip-hop beat, dark vibe, subdued, distorted guitar sounds, and Karin’s vocals which are truly alive with subtle sensuality. Another song worth noting is “Beautiful Noise Machine” which takes its guitar influence directly from bands such as Slowdive, with its use of a full, lush, melodic sound that is dripping in echo and fuzzy effects and is played over a chill groove, soft electronics and has one of the more memorable choruses as well.

While up until this point I have had nothing but good things to say about this band and album, there are a few things that some may see as a problem. The main issue that some may encounter is that due to the mellow nature of the songs that emphasize atmosphere over catchiness, by the end of the album you may not be able to think of any one track that you actually were able to retain in your mind. With repeated listens that problem slowly dissipates, but the listener must be willing to give the album the multiple listens and attention it requires first.

Overall, as the rating suggests, I am very happy with this album as it has everything I liked about Collide, wrapped in the more delicate sounds of trip-hop and shoegaze. The sensuous vocals of Karin have never sounded better, and the increased focus she receives in the form of multiple layers and experimental chants sets this to a new standard for her. Musically, the lush new age feel of the electronics, mixed with Slowdive-inspired guitar sounds, contrasted with the gloomier sounds associated with darkwave is near perfect, and we can only hope that this wasn’t just a one-album side project.



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Shattered_Future
March 4th 2008


1540 Comments


Avaxsphere? That's where I found this. Pretty cool...the part about having no standout tracks is completely true. The album's more of a complete listen through.

Willie
Moderator
March 4th 2008


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found out about this new project through the official "Collide" webpage which has a link to this band's webpage... which I guess I'll post here:

http://www.thesecretmeeting.net/

There is samples of all the songs on their page and a link to an online store where the album can be bought (which is where I got it)... or there are other links, of course ;)

Yeah, it is definitely better as a complete listen. Had you heard of this band before the review or did you just hear it?This Message Edited On 03.04.08

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Kaleid
March 4th 2008


711 Comments


Very interesting, I think I'd like this a lot. I don't mind investing a bit of time listening to it repeatedly, as long as it's as good as you say

beans
March 4th 2008


2332 Comments


this sounds...interesting

Shattered_Future
March 4th 2008


1540 Comments


I listened to about half of this album so far...I thought I was the only one that heard of this. It's a bit samey, but it's quality samey.

Willie
Moderator
March 4th 2008


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I thought I was the only one that had heard of this... so I guess there is two of us... maybe 4 if these two check it out too.

If you've heard of this then I'm assuming you've heard Collide and Curve too... yes? I guess it could be considered a bit "samey", but there are enough subtle differences to keep me going (and it is definitely quality).This Message Edited On 03.04.08

beans
March 4th 2008


2332 Comments



it sounds good although im on soulcreeper and its starting to sound a bit samey, but not bad, i cant find any songs after shooting laser beams dammit

Shattered_Future
March 4th 2008


1540 Comments


Curve, no. Collide I do enjoy though.

BallsToTheWall
March 4th 2008


44294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another good review. Sounds pretty cool so i'll check this out soon.

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BallsToTheWall
May 4th 2009


44294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Got this. Could be a 3.5. Good beats and great vocals although a little variety would be nice. That pitch gets grating after a while.

Willie
Moderator
May 4th 2009


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. The lack of variety was my issue too. If you like this than check out "Chasing the Ghost" by Collide.



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