IAMX – Volatile Times (2011)

Back in 2004 Chris Corner left behind Sneaker Pimps and started this new project: IAMX. The musical direction is not quit out of Sneaker Pimps line, it’s still a gloomy, dark electronic blending with indie infusions and the lyrics are dealing with subjects such as sex, death, emotions, narcotic intoxication, decadence, religion, alienation and allusions to politics. Since the debut album “Kiss + Swallow” released in 2008, Chris didn’t waste any time and 2008 bring another two releases, “The Alternative” and “IAMIXED”. In 2009 was released “Kingdom of Welcome Addiction”, and in 2010 “DOGMATIC INFIDEL COMEDOWN OK”. So, Chris kept his self – and our – quit busy.
The new album was preceded by single “Ghosts of Utopia”, which received its first radio play on Prague’s Radio 1 on January 23 and was released on February 25 and a free download of “Fire and Whispers” was made available on March 4, as part of the count down of the album released on 18 March 2011, but the full album was leaked online on March 12.11 new songs in the same dark electronic manner of Chris Corner was included on the CD version of the release, the digital download contains two bonus tracks and 12 songs on 2 discs comes out on the vinyl release. While in the studio Chris manage mostly to working alone, the latest live lineup of the band consist of Janine Gezang on keyboards/synthesizers, vocals, guitars and bass; Alberto Álvarez on guitars, vocals, drums and bass and Caroline Weber on drums and percussion.
“Volatile Times” navigates on the same dark zone of the music, the minimalist solutions with perfume of the 80s are nicely rearranged in a more heavy modern sound scheme and Chris know to write songs and create atmosphere. If you vibrated on his previous materials you will enjoy for sure this new one as well, if you don’t, maybe it’s time to give a try.

IAMX – Official Site

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