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Kamera
Resurrection
Nettwerk Records
www.kamerastyle.com


Kamera's sophomore release Resurrection manufactures a selection of tranquilizing synth-pop melodies and pumped up electro-pop mixes with many common factors relatable to '80s new wavers like Squeeze, The Pet Shop Boys and Yaz, and new wave revivalists like She Wants Revenge, Hundred Year Storm and Autovaughn. The songs are melodically beautifully and pleasing, and definitely geared for commercial use in television, film, and dance clubs. Coming from Stockholm, Sweden, Kamera shows European sensibilities in their dance music similar to DJ David Guetta and Dj Tiesto. While America's youth flock to the Vans Warped Tour to bond together, Europe's burgeoning music fans gravitate to Ibiza's Rock Festival, an island off the coast of Spain each summer which showcases the latest and most impressive purveyors of dance club/electronica-pop music, and Kamera's album is absolutely perfect for this crowd.

Produced by Björn Öqvist, Kamera also credits techno DJ Markus Schulz for tinkering with their tracks to make them more appealing by infusing them with digital beats and dance club atmospherics which underscore the bubbly rhythmic pulses of "Like A Drug" and the softly breathing synth motifs of "Love Surrounds Us." Schulz and Björn Öqvist avoided making the songs too disco-sounding and kept the band's organic underlying guitar melodies intact, such as in the case of the rock ballad "Another Side Of Love" and the exciting guitar solo of "Lost Control" which is comparable to some of Rammstein's work. The flange in the rhythm guitar parts of "Disconnected" has a semblance to Shout Out Louds, and the energetic dance club atmospherics of "I Was Made For U" have the uplifting impetus of DJ David Guetta's music. There is an aerobic momentum in this track which cools down to a warm spacey romantic simmer on "I'm Gonna Be Your Lover." The number "Fragile" has emotive inflections that are sonically imbued like the UK's XTC, and "Lies" is pound for pound melodically phat with chord directions relatable to Squeeze.

Resurrection, Kamera's follow up to the band's self-titled debut release in 2003, is an extension of new wave pop and dance music. Some tracks are just made for easy listening and others have an impetus streak that puts the listener in the driver's seat and makes them want to go. Band members Joakim Hjelm (vocals), Lotus (guitar), Kit Balance (bass), Nico (synth), and Carl DeLorean (drums), gear the tracks for wide commercial appeal. And even though their music echoes of European influences, the album has an overall world music sound that transcends such partitions.

-Susan Frances

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