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Space March

Self-titled CD


Genres: synth-pop, electronic pop

Feb 23 - 29 2004

Space March is the synth-pop project of musician Craig Simmons, who is very gifted at crafting endlessly listenable, hook-filled ballads using only his voice and his doubtlessly complex set-up of electronic sound-makers and acoustic instruments.  While the modern synth/electronic-pop scene is a relatively underground phenomenon nowadays, it is of very high quality - given a bit more attention, I could see a band like Space March really finding a large audience.  This type of hook-laden, obsessively melodic pop would really fly well with indie fans.

The greatness of this album is best exemplified by "King of Nothing," a beautiful pop tune filled with glistening synths and an electronic-orchestral background.  This is how pop music should sound.  But it doesn't stop there.  The Terminator-like melodies of "Conspiracy" are a revelation - as a song, it sounds like it belongs as the theme song to an eighties movie of some sort.  Its Simple Minds-esque approach is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

What makes this album so great is the absence of any bad parts.  Every single tune on this disc is worthy of multiple listens, so there isn't anything you have to skip over.  Even the less memorable tunes like "Dorian Gray" and "Going Nowhere" stand up well over time, never becoming anything near boring. 

It is rare that I dole out scores in the nineties, but this album has earned that honour perfectly.  I wasn't expecting to like Space March at all, but after two listens I couldn't help myself.  If you thought synth-pop was over, guess again. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]