On one side you have Perpacity, a duo made up of Denmark’s Martin Nyrup and Ian Harling from the UK. Their last release, Arise, set them apart as a band to watch in the electronic scene. Its multi-layered harmonies were a synthpop dream come true. On the other side you have DVL, an Italian based project that taps dark melodies and showed on Silence = Death that he is also a force to be reckoned with. What do you get when you combine these two talented acts? You get Convergence. An early 2017 contender for synthpop album of the year.
The first thing that hit me about Convergence is how much it sounded like music legendary synthpop label A Different Drum would have killed for back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. I mean that as the highest form of compliment because during that time you could blindly purchase an album with their trademark logo on it and know you were getting quality. Convergence is a throwback to a time when quality was favored over today’s standard of throwing half-finished products out and hoping it sticks.
The second thing about Convergence that struck me is how delicately balanced it is. Each track is crafted with subtle layers that build to powerful chorus lines that demand your attention. The restraint used to make the chorus the focus is refreshing in an industry that is known for overproducing music. These tracks are allowed to breathe and it gives an organic feel to the album.
Having heard both artists the album represents a very good marriage of their sounds. More often than not in collaborations like these you get one act presenting itself as the dominant force. Convergence lives up to its title and proves that sounds of Perpacity and DVL compliment each other very well. Not only is it worth your time, it’s also worth your money. This one is going to be on repeat for a while.