21 October 2009

Tobias Bernstrup - Midnight Blue (Falco Invernale Records 001) - 8/10

Swedish multi-artist carries the torch that was lit in the Apennine Peninsula in the 80's. Three easy and waving italo tracks on blue vinyl, whereas the title track and "Behind The Wheel" sound like twins beacuse of shared refrain and only some synth variations. B2, "Into The Night", is different and makes an EP out this release. Primitive lyrics (my hands are on the steering wheel, I hear the sound of crushing steel) follow the italo heritage. Background forces are worth a mention too: sound engineering by Mark Verbos; female vocals by two Scandinavian sirens, Saralunden and Miss Liz Wendelbo. The sleeve design is done by the man himself and can well decorate your wall at home.
All in all, a camp thing in the spirit of Sparks & Co. It's not fully clear if "Midnight Blue" is a piece of irony, hommage to the italo era or just another performance by an eccentric.
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