Review: Zagar – Space Medusa

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MUSIC NEWS.

Zagar - Space Medusa - Electronica’s strongpoint has never really been vocal prowess. Which is just as well, as Budapest five piece Zagar’s efforts on new single ‘Space Medusa’ certainly couldn’t be described as exemplary.

Their music has featured on both CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, and they have even supported synth legends Depeche Mode, so the band’s stature is, it’s safe to say, somewhat stronger than this song perhaps would suggest.

Fans were given the option to preview the track via a Bang & Olufsen sponsored social media application, which allowed them to unlock samples from the song’s 3 minute 55 second run-time. The only problem with this approach is that, whichever segment you unlocked, the chances are it would have sounded just like the rest of it.

The song fuses weak, heavily distorted vocals delivering slightly incoherent lyrics, with a backing track that sounds like the offspring of an ABC b-side and the kind of music that used to accompany character selection menus on the original Playstation.

Maybe I just don’t get it, but if this is a taste of what the rest of new album ‘Light Leaks’ holds, then it’s presumably going to appeal solely to those who already understand Zagar’s appeal.

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About Paul Holmes

Editor of The Velvet Onion since 2010, I also work in arts marketing and digital content producing, writer for a few things, listen to a lot of vinyl and watch lots and lots of Doctor Who.

Posted on February 28, 2013, in Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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