The breakthrough that RPWL and Sylvan were granted in the German art rock scene has so far been denied to Solar Project. Seven albums have been released since 1990, always at intervals of two or three years. The quintet around keyboarder Robert Valet needed seven years for the new one. A long time in which many ideas have piled up that are now gathered on "Aquarmada". You'd think. But that's not the case. Lucky for me. Because one criticism of earlier records has always been that Solar Project want too much. Now they can finally present a balanced mixture of attention to detail and compact songwriting. Of course there are - as it should be in Artrock - always instrumental gimmicks, guitar solos of different colour as well as solos played on old synths and organs. You still have to get used to the changing female and male voices, but you usually succeed in catchy choruses, embedded in sometimes harmonious, sometimes aggressive passages. Let's hope that the perseverance of the band finally pays off.
Top track: Clue Of Repetition