From both Tallinn, Estonia and an emotional dark place, Tehnoloogiline Päike gives us their newest album entitled Technological Sun. This ambient and electronic soundscape is a journey through layers of creatively places beats and synth samples. Much like the haunting and beautiful music of Sigur Ros, Tehnoloogiline Päike focuses on taking their time to build momentum up through their songs and, all the while, not catering to the status quo of song composition.
Their current single, entitled “Breaking It,” comes off as a nod to both Daft Punk and Interpol. With its Tron-like synth meets Paul Banks vocals, this track is both optimistic and cynical sounding, and, as expected from the very talented Tehnoloogiline Päike, the mixing and production is second to none.
The song I connected with the most is titled “Redemption,” and like the title suggests, this song truly feels like the journey toward higher ground. In ways, it sounds like a game soundtrack, but it would also fit well with many different genres of movies. “Redemption” is not heavy on the vocals and, instead, chooses to let the musical composition do the talking.
Not holding back, the song “Exit” starts off running and doesn’t slow down its pace. The track has an odd choice of bizarre synth sounds that sound almost comical in ways. The layout of the song is as professional as the rest and just as complicated, but, somehow, it was a bit difficult for me to absorb this particular track.
Technological Sun is a solid album with some unique soundscapes. For many listeners, this will be considered a gem of a find, and, for others, they might miss the point completely, but that is to be expected when you put together something as unique as this album. The beats are intricate and involved, the synths being used are the star player of almost every song, and, at points, it would have been nice to hear some more instruments brought in to add diversity between the tracks. There is no denying the unique signature style that Tehnoloogiline Päike brings to the table, and, if you enjoy electronica in any form -- especially the abstract side of it -- then let Technological Sun be the next album you buy.