Gothic Beauty Magazine
East Germany’s Liquid Divine leads out this issue’s sonic assault with an
eclectic mix of European thunder-beats. Thrashing about in the syrupy
liquid of sub-bass and electro-industrial, this group shows off their skills
in a 12-track album heavily reminiscent of Recoil and Front Line Assembly’s
1990s sound. This is a well-produced and immediately appealing release,
gently served up for those hungry for a little more EBM in their lives. In
the length of this impressive release, the future becomes the present.
Poseidon @ Gothic Beauty Magazine
Germany continues to produce bands in the electro and last year Liquid
Divine released their debut album "Interface" through Infacted Recordings.
The record contains a total of 12 tracks and with a playtime around 60
My first thought i got when i plug the CD into my player and the songs
starts running is when the intro will end. Until the end of the song
'Remember Tomorrow', when the beats starts at least. The happiness goes on
with 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Something Trivial', which is really great with a
high danceable tempo and nice melodies. Even though I like the songs
'Genotype' and 'Lotus' with its really soft and nice blipping sound.
'Kaleidoscope' and 'Something Trivial' [are] the highlights.
Björn Andersson @ Neurozine
While the sound of Liquid Divine looks back to the sound of late nineties
electronica, they incorporate current electro trends to create a modern ambient
debut worthy of it's influences.
On the sleeve notes of "Interface", Liquid Divine site their influences as Massive
Attack, Conjure One, FLA, Underworld, Haujobb and Covenat.
These influences show up on their debut but remain influences. Liquid Divine's
sound is a slippery majestic rhythmic dance music that is difficult to categorize.
It has elements of Electronica genres like groove, chill, drum and bass but it's
dark core and emphasis on mood place it outside of all of these. The downtempo mood
belies the fact that all the elements of Liquid Divine's music are used as rhythm.
Using all instrumentation as rhythm allows elements of Liquid Divine's sound to be
interchangeable and transitory.
With few exceptions the vocals and vocal samples are given the same emphasis as the
music. An egalitarian approach that gives the whole release a narcoleptic feel.
So what do Liquid Divine sound like?
They sound like animated instructional videos about your synapses, they sound like
nature documentaries about the sun, they sound like blissed out addicts about to
have a nod, they sound slippery, like the sound is unravelling around you without a core.
But this is deceptive because anything that morphs and changes so effortlessly has
to be complex. An understanding of how to replace ambient washes of synths, with
dub beats and subbing out monotone dialogues with vocoded choruses takes effort.
But you will never hear the effort or see the seams on "Interface". Everything
just effuses out of the egalitarian rhythmic base.
If it weren't for a few times when vocals are allowed prominence, one would think
"Interface" was one long hour song. Honestly, it would be easier to think of the
music on "Interface" as chapters rather than songs. Because the usual song
structure does not apply. It's as if someone wanted to create a King Tubby
album with the members of Massive Attack.
Then why do I like it?
This is the best eggheaded record store clerk dance record, I've heard in a
couple of years. I know people think !!!, The Faint and the Scissor Sisters
have made great dance records. But they are self concious booty shakers who
grew up with ironic movements learned from Beck videos.
Liquid Divine is a bookshelf dance record, the kind of music that could appeal
to Aphex Twin fans, Lee Scratch Perry fans, and be played in a mix after the
Orb. Now pardon me while I imitate David Bryne in a disco.
Michael Wozny @ Virus Magazine
Sick Among The Pure
I had originally put Liquid Divine’s album Interface on my iPod a month ago,
hoping to review it on a recent trip to Los Angeles, but as often happens when
I am on the Left Coast, one thing led to another and writing fell by the wayside.
However, back in my office in Washington, every other day a Liquid Divine track
pops up on my "party shuffle" and I actively stop to check out the song. A lot
of albums pass through my desk, but few actually make me sit up and take notice;
happily Liquid Divine was one of those rare exceptions. Fans of Haujobb as well
as Air will enjoy this Germanic duo’s ethereal sound with minimal lyrics.
The simple, stark cover art of Interface is extremely representative of a
band that cuts ‘n’ pastes spare electronics with controlled precision. Slow
pacing over fast beats reflects Interface’s continual contrasting polarities,
which serves as a leitmotiv for the album as a whole. It is hard to single out
individual songs as each bleeds into the next, the only thing setting them apart
is the occasional punctuated vocals, which, with lyrics like "I'm just a broken
color in your kaleidoscope" are probably best left as an afterthought.
Liquid Divine are an extremely austere band with an impressive debut, whose only
drawback is that at least one of the twelve tracks could benefit from a slight
change in pace. Still, this band is creating an interesting genre of
minimalist electronica and I eagerly await their next step.
Vivien Weimar @ Sick Among The Pure
Interface, the debut release from eastern German duo Liquid Divine, is easy to like
-- at first. The media kit nails their influences: Haujobb, Front Line Assembly,
Recoil, Kraftwerk, and Tear Garden all describe their pedigree very well. The lyrics,
all in English, are actually a strong suit for once, coming from the Continent.
In fact, the tracks that seem to work best contain odd passages spoken in a low,
gutteral drawl, like some post-apocalyptic Romeo whispering to his teenage date.
Check out this line describing a sunset: "How fucking wonderful it is to watch
that big ball of fire melt into the ocean...!" At last, someone who REALLY knows
how to get romantic in a song.
At the middle of the disc, the promising pace ebbs. The trip-hoppy track number
8, "9 to 5", finally rescues my wandering attention from total distraction with
more of that cool crypto-poetic speak. After that, however, the rest of the CD
becomes filler, losing my attention for good. About four songs pruned from here
and there (including that meritless and patronizing 9/11 soundbite at the end
of the last track) would do some justice.
Perry Bathous @ Chain DLK
Out of Leipzig, Germany, duo Liquid Divine modernize the older classic styles of
Kraftwerk, Haujobb and similar artists. Applying more transcendental backgrounds
and using these as a backdrop to infuse rhythm and electro beats on top, Christian
Ftizsche and Guido Stove fuse elements of rave with those of club. Their debut
Interface, out on Ohio favorites Nilaihah Records, offers a lot to the EBM and
modern industrial connoisseur.
Smooth and even laced is the norm here as we stroll into Remember Tomorrow
following a lucid and quick opening (Prognosis). Kaleidoscope ups the techno
just a tad, but not so much that it becomes standard fare - it's much more low
key and interesting, underground rather than over the top. Much of the work here on Interface places the trancier, synthesizer elements at the forefront of the arrangements. Something Trivial, as one example of this, will utilize a very swiftly moving beat, but it's tempered and controlled by the background chords giving it a much smoother and floating feel.
Introspective, one of the swiftest of the tracks here on Interlace, is one of the
few that doesn't utilize a strong floaty background. Liquid Divine here move
straight into bouncy EBM with great samples and slide in the chorales later to
add to the already cranking BPMs. Ephemeral is a perfect example of Liquid
Divine's earlier discussed chorale-as-forefront format. The strong string-like
keyboards open up to the strong-hit rhythm that joins later. Even the spoken
word like vocals remain behind the omnipresent chords.
Genotype uses a very well made rhythm/bass movement with a bass slide that
really holds the track together and makes it very interesting. Low Life Complex
steps away momentarily from the chord-progression musical base, much like
Introspective does, becoming a bit more techno with some metallic edged vocal
effects. And Your Traces oozes the album to a nice close with a very subtle
percussion and ominous chord flows.
What's nice about Interlace is that it can be used on two sides of the
spectrum. It would go well to either ramp up a trance/rave night, or you can
use it to tone down an industrial/club night. It's an interesting mix, well
done and layed out. The problem here is whether or not Liquid Divine will get
the recognition their outfit deserves with all the electronic CDs popping out
at you whenever you turn a corner.
Marcus Pan @ Legends Magazine
Dark Realms Magazine
I have to admit that it's taken a while for this album to grow on me. It seems that
they combine enough disparate elements together much like Mind.In.A.Box, but it's just
not the same. It all sounds much more like Haujobb than much of anything else. But
over time several tracks on the album stand out in their unique ambience as captivating
and possible electronic classics.
Spoken word is found a lot on the album and so that's much the way it all begins after
the introductory track "prognosis", "Remember Tomorrow" kicks it off. The spoken vocals
are buoyed up by the slowly building percussion and electronics until the track comes
on full-force with a driving dance-friendly beat. For fans of club music, this track
may seem to drag before it takes off, but for those that can appreciate the music for
what it is, it's actually quite captivating and a highlight of the album.
"Kaleidoscope" becomes quite a bit more melodic and picks up the pace a little. But
then we're right back to that slightly dragging trancey music and spoken word in
"Something Trivial". This goes on through several tracks with the wide mixture of
variety coming together into something that ironically doesn't vary much through the
rest of the album. "Broadcast" and "Your Traces" are slight exceptions with a heavy
ambient influence layered over various samples from the lunar landing to the 9/11
As pointed out above, it seems that even though a wide variety of styles are fused
together to form the overall musical style of this group, it remains mostly unchanging
throughout the album. The use of fast break-beats becomes somewhat annoying, but the
various ambient electronic loops or occasional pounding EBM beats bring things back
to a more accessible nature.
Overall, the album stands true to the experimental nature of this group. If you can
get past all of the fast break-beats, the myriad of styles seem to be something
quite accessible and enjoyable to fans.
review @ Gothic Paradise
It seems that the hottest and most original music created comes from Germany. Keeping
with that headset, Nilaihah Records unfurls the shroud on Leipzig's very own intriguing
duo in the form of Liquid Divine.
Unlike many of the more prominent electronic outfits in the scene, Liquid Divine
craft an interesting melange of structured beats and gentle hypnotic vocals with just
enough of a trance effect to work equally well in an EBM and trance club format.
The music has its dark tones without being overly dramatic. In fact, listeners may
find themselves feeling rather refreshed after the listening experience.
The band has been compared to a mixture of Haujobb, Front Line Assembly, Recoil,
Kraftwerk with a touch of Tear Garden. Essentially, when you are done dancing all
night long at the local hot spot, this CD will carry you on your way home as it
never overpowers, yet it remains strong, concise and structurally interesting
enough to bring you a cleaner, brighter sense of being. Highly recommended.
Mike Ventarola @ Dark Realms Magazine
"Interface," the debut album from Liquid Divine is pure synthetic EBM music;
from the blissfully cold synthetic melodies and mellow break beats to the heavily
vocoded vocals, this band emotes a sort of coldness not found since Haujobb's
"Freeze Frame Reality." Just listen to the amazing "Remember Tomorrow" to be convinced.
For a debut album, this material is very professional sounding and solid. Some tracks
do provide some warmth, like "Something Trivial" and the tranced up "Introspective"
which are a bit more upbeat, but for the most part this is pretty subdued material.
Recommended to fans that like their EBM less stomp and more atmospheric.
GunHed @ WetWorks Electrozine
Interface is the debut album for Liquid Divine, which is made up of Christian Fritzsche
and Guido Stoye. Since 2000, this band has been creating music that defies categorization,
but defines the members of the band's emotions and influences.
The musical style is very atmospheric, spatial and broad. There's not really much in the
way of chorus hooks in these songs, they're more about the mood that each song is
intended to evoke. "Something Trivial" was the first track to stand out to me, but
again, it's very difficult to pick out particular tracks on a album of this nature.
This album is one to sit and listen to late at night, in darkness with minimal light,
and just allow the music to wash over you.
Jason Baker @ Synthpop.net
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