CD, Boredom Product, 2011
Originally formed in France during 2000 as a four-piece group, Dekad has slowly evolved into a solo project. After releasing “Confidential Tears” in 2007, Dekad went on hiatus – during which time, JB frequently joined Foretaste on stage as a second keyboard player. In 2009, with a new album ready, JB decided it was time to reactivate Dekad as a solo project, teaming up once again with Member u-0176 from Celluloide to produce “Monophonic”.
“Monophonic’ is an eleven-track slab of synthpop. Full of danceable tracks, with a sound ranging from the ’80s to today, they seamlessly blend together into a modern take on everything that made synthpop good. Influences on the album range from Depeche Mode to VNV Nation, with everything in between, yet it never sounds too much like any of them.
With some great arrangement and composition, along with well-crafted lyrics, each of these tracks sound like they should be together – none of the tracks on this album feel like fillers. Add to that a good choice of old and new sounds and you get an album that flows from one song to the next on a river of synths. If you loved the late ’80s and early ’90s world of bands like And One, Covenant, Mesh and Apoptygma Berzerk, then this is an album for you. Also, if you’re a fan of later acts, such as Ladytron and Goldfrapp, I think you’ll also enjoy this collection.
Member u-0176’s production is faultless and shows off each song to its best potential. One of the most memorable tracks is “So Sorry”, featuring guest vocals by Creature_XX of Foretaste; a very danceable track with a deep emotional feel. “New Religion” also stands out as a great dance tune and an especially good choice with which to kick off the album.
Overall this is a great album that displays some excellent talent and skill, well worth a listen if you’re a fan of synthpop.
— M. J. Phillips