REVIEW: Information Society – ‘_hello world’

“Electronic music is derivative.”

Okay, this may be a huge, wide generalization, but perhaps there is some truth to it. After the tenth bass-drop, tempo change, and pop-culture reference, electronic songs do not offer much in variety or change. In fact, if you listen casually to modern versus older electronic-pop music, the similarities are indisputable. So where should the future of electronic music go? Well, look no further than the past, with the synthpop band Information Society.

Named after a term in a George Orwell novel, the three-piece band started making their beats in 1982, where from then up until 1997 they made dramatic critical and commercial success with their intuitive use of “electro-freestyles” and Star Trek references throughout their earlier songs.

Now, back with all original founding members, Information society comes out with “_hello World” a new-age work destined to re-establish quality electronic music.

Taking influences from glam-rock superstars like David Bowie and electro-pop novelty like Duran Duran, their sixth LP contains everything necessary for a hit electronic album and much more. Slippery syncs, catchy choruses, and gorgeous hooks line the songs and infatuate the verses.

But if its true that the hallmark of an album is the opener, then Information Society lets it rip with everything in their arsenal with their first song, “Land Of The Blind.”

Incorporating heavy production and everything from dub to 80’s disco implanted within it; light group chants, mild house beats, mid-tempo bass and an intoxicating breakdown near the end; the track is a appreciated reminder of the enjoyability of electro-pop.

The next song, “The Prize” is a pseudo-dubstep phenomenon as well, with a faster pace and a neat light house/club touch.

The best song of the album, the fourth one, is “Get Back,” the should-be staple at retro and modern disco and dance clubs for the near future. The deep house influences, irresistible beats, and a somewhat minimalistic approach to the lyrics make the song able to recall aspects of glam-rock superstars while excelling with fabulous production and sing-along group chants.

The proceeding song, “Jonestown” sounds like it came straight from the 1980’s with retro-style production and its light dub throughout the verses, making it yet another nice addition.

Also, “Dancing With Strangers” is a great change-of-direction for them, with minimal production, low-toned dance beats. It sounds eerily similar to some of Britney Spears work, but with better hooks and a more intuitive usage of its varying instruments. “Creatures of Light And Darkness” has a great piano-driven melody, additionally utilizing lead singer Christopher Anton’s uniquely melodic vocals.

The only real letdowns on the album are deep-rooted within the genre itself, as even grandfathers of the electro-pop genre like Information Society can’t get out of its own heavily repeated roots.

In “Beautiful World,” it seemz like Information Society copied and pasted a slightly odd arrangement of beats already present in the album to make a somewhat-contrived, subordinate track. “Above And Below” seems like a very, very similar carbon-copy of “Creatures of Light And Darkness.” “Let It Burn” is a fast and seemingly enjoyable track, but it also suffers from the similarity it has towards tracks like “Where were you” and “The Prize,” however the breakdown near the end of the song boasts some of the slickest synthesizer work out there.

The album as a whole is an enjoyable, gratifying endeavor; allowing Information Society to flex their decades-old muscle and try out some new efforts as well.