Synthiepop is a derogatory term. But one shouldn't forget that there are also avant-garde forms, such as a Rupert Hine in the eighties with his rhythmic, melodic and also absolutely weird songs. Björk is also one of them. On their new album "Present Tense" the Wild Beasts stand somewhere between the two. The quartet doesn't remain in a show-off, but draws its creativity from the recording process: All songs are composed on the computer from small fragments, but each time they produce a real song. Melodies and rhythms are written in capital letters. But the song structure remains simple. Everything is manageable, there are no sounds here that make you sit up and take notice. Only rarely, as for example in the middle of "Daughters", the harmony is disturbed by synthesizers. But just a little bit. "Pregnant Pause" begins as a quiet piano ballad. Occasionally you can hear some rhythm guitars. "Mecca" exudes a warm mood. "Next Life" is gloriously lowered. But otherwise?
Top track: A Dog's Life