Ministry of Love
Jun 06, 2013 Web Exclusive
Gauzy industrial pop laced with remnants of early '90s shoegaze, Ministry of Love is a surreal window into the world of Los Angeles group IO Echo. Singer Ioanna Gika's voice is haunting and feminine, at times shrouded in reverb and impossible to decipher. And while there are standout tracks along the way, there is a palpable rift between them and the rest of the album.
Title track "Ministry of Love" is the least opaque track in terms of lyrics, vocals, and structure, with a chorus that borders on majestic. "Ecstasy Ghost" is an easy, moody dance number. "Shanghai Girls" is a towering andante opening track.
IO Echo reaches (or at least hints at) its full potential in these tracks but wanders off into less enthralling moments. However, the album breathes its final breath 10 minutes into the last track of the album with an eerie glimpse of the afterlife that is remarkable. (www.ioechomusic.com)
Author rating: 7.5/10
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