Even upon first listening to Synrise I felt somewhat familiar with it. I could recognise synth lines and arpeggiated patterns from elsewhere and the vocals had a certain air about them that immediately sprung a certain British male vocalist to mind.

Alright, maybe that's enough of the indirect, riddle-esque hint. In short, Goose appear to have created, what one could say, is an accomplished blend of Ricky Wilson's vocals and Vitalic inspired experimental and electronic synth lines and sounds. I shan't go into great depth, as I'm positive I could bore you to tears; however listen to Vitalic's 'La Rock' (0:21-0:49) and Goose's 'As Good As It Gets' (0:00 - 0:06). Before I receive a mountain of "hate-mail", by no means am I claiming that they have copied Vitalic. On the contrary in fact, I'm always finding myself attracted to music that doesn't, strictly speaking, "play by the rules" and forces you to question yourself with things such as, "does that chord really fit? Did they mean to cut in slightly early with the vocal line?" And so on.

Synrise consists of primarily vocalised tracks, with the exception of 'Bendâ', 'Staring' and the title track, 'Synrise'. All vocals throughout the album feel rather raw, apart from Peaches "ooo's" in 'Synrise'. In some respects this compliments the album, as it completely contrasts the nature of the genre in which everything is manipulated, layered, filtered and processed with precision, to ensure that the particular synth creates just the right sound. It's also quite refreshing as it counters the current belief in the music industry where every voice has to be auto-tuned to within an inch of its life.

Conversely, the "rawness" does sometimes feel ever so slightly wrong. This feature is - without a shadow of a doubt - a contributing factor to making Goose stand out from other 'Dance-Punk/ Electro Rock' artists/bands (such as Jen Lasher), but at times I find myself listening and thinking, the vocals did cut in too early and so, momentarily, the listening pleasure is disrupted. Similarly, on other occasions it's clear to hear that Karkousse is straining; another element that could have been concealed using some software and reasonably simple editing techniques (of which I'm sure they're aware). I would also question the song order on the album. 'Staring' is a beautiful instrumental, but its position within the album does not do it justice. The structure of it would be perfect as either an intro to the album (followed by 'Synrise' for example) or as an interlude (that leads into 'Words' or 'As Good As It Gets').

This being said, Goose's Synrise includes a good selection of danceable tracks as well as something to reflect a whole raft of different emotions and situations (well, nine; but who's counting!) For road-rage there's 'Can't Stop Me Now'; for pent-up rage / an argument, there's 'Words'; for confusion, or when mulling over a decision and you're unsure which choice will place you "on the correct path," 'Staring' is perfect and then if you'd like a calming, yet uplifting track, the title track ‘Synrise’ should have you up and running in no time.

Note. If by any chance you should decide to act upon road-rage whilst listening to this album, remember, I don't condone it, so don't expect me to reimburse your speeding fine!

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