Boomkat Product Review:
Belgian popsters Cafeneon sent out a nine-track demo that eventually found its way into Cristian Vogel's hands. The techno star immediately offered his not inconsiderable services as a producer, having already dabbled in the indie universe via his Radiohead, Thom Yorke and Maximo Park remixes. The two parties sound great together on tracks like 'L'Instant', with its breathy laidback French language vocals and nonchalant, wall of noise guitars, though 'Orange' probably makes for a more natural meeting point between Vogel's electronics and the band's own dynamics, setting arpeggiating synth passages against Cafeneon's regimented jerk-pop rhythm section. When the electronic elements come into greater prominence you might find yourself making comparisons to New Order, particularly when you hear the elaborate, tuneful bass guitar sequences of 'Snoopy', but then it all goes a bit Einsturzende Neubauten for the rusty railing clanks of 'Charlie'. Quite an odd marriage of styles, but you won't find many misfires here.