‘12x12’ sees Belgium’s favourite passengers reach the five year mark in their musical journey…
It’s the story of METROLAND so far, celebrated in a lavish 4CD boxed set with 14 beautifully informative art cards and the carefully crafted conceptual presentation that came with their second album ‘Triadic Ballet’. It is a beautiful art piece on its own, but the music contained is of a high quality as well. Continue Reading ›
Belgium’s favourite passengers METROLAND are back to celebrate their fifth anniversary with a 4CD boxed artefact entitled ’12x12’. To launch it, the duo have released the ORBITAL-like spy drama technopop of ‘Cube’ as a single.
‘Cube’ comes with a corresponding video which director Passenger N says is “about how it's useless to look around everywhere, all you have to do is to think about who you are and you'll find people like you that will help you to be yourself” Continue Reading ›
2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
In August 2015, METROLAND’s sound engineer and close friend Louis Zachert, aka Passenger L, passed away. The Brussels based duo have recorded 'Things Will Never Sound The Same Again', a musical eulogy created from scratch as their way of paying homage to their fellow passenger.
Understandably, it has a much darker overtone compared with the energetic colour cast of their previous release ‘Triadic Ballet’. Continue Reading ›
The user manual for the Roland System 100 semi-modular synthesizer profoundly stated “there are no illegal connections…” - and in modern electronic music, that is still the case with the accomplished artists of today very much connected to the synth pioneers of yesteryear like KRAFTWERK, OMD, DEPECHE MODE and THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
2014 was a comparatively lean 12 months, but this year found many veterans returning to the fold. Continue Reading ›