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Album review: Exit Guides - Promenade Cinema


Elektro Vox reviews the recently released second album by the self styled cinema-dramatic synthpop band, Promenade Cinema. Emma and Dorian of Promenade Cinema would have been playing Resistanz 2020 soon had it not been for the Covid-19 Crisis. So for your viewing pleasure, here is a quick review of 'Exit Guides'.

1. The arch house


The first single for the album released last year was well met with its deep and atmospheric feel complimenting the previous album. The strings played throughout are a real preview to the dramatic cinema-scape that the band attests to with their music.

Mainly accompanied by drums and little synths in this track, there is a bit of reverb when listened to with headphones. Emma's voice however more than makes up for this small flaw and presents a well rounded opening track for this release.

2. Cold fashion


A more upbeat track that breathes energy in to the listener with it's sense of urgency to tell the story behind the lyrics. This was the second single released before the album was launched. The layers of synths, drums, and vocals are well mixed that brings a crisp and unique feel to this song.


3. Nothing Nouveau


Now here is a very clever song that has really impressed me. At just over 7 minutes long, it almost sounds like three tracks in one.

At the 2 minute mark my jaw slipped open a fair way at the beautiful honey being poured in to my ears!

The wonderful thing about Promenade Cinema is that their music very well could be synthwave by itself if the drums were heavier and the singing was cut back, and yet they create their own style with their pop mix and dramatic tension. This truly is a wonderfully done piece with lyrics further adding to their cinematic theme which becomes rather relatable the longer you listen to them. This song touches a level of satisfaction that you wernt quite sure you even had.

4. Passions in the back room


A somewhat different offering to the previous three tracks with Dorian's vocals warming the audience up for some powerful pipes from Emma. There is a lot going on in this one and can seem a bit overwhelming in some places with its experimental mixing of styles.

5. Memoirs in glass


Straight away I was grabbed by the gripping power of the piano keys and the much slower and touching emotional content they play out alongside the serene vocals. I truly wasn't expecting such a sorrowful piece from P.C and it hit me right in the chest. This is reminiscent of Evanescence in some aspects, and even Madonna in others. Strangely I felt uplifted by the end of the melody. Impressive, very impressive.


6. She's an art


A nice upbeat piece to bring you out of the trance of the previous track. This is a real foot stomper and dare I say it, dancefloor filling classic should enough people here it. This would go down wonderfully in a darkwave set or indeed any gothic based set. The rhythm is multi functioning with it's deep drum synthwave base and yet the gothic atmosphere and lyrical power. It's another song from P.C that reminds me of Human League or Eurythmics.

Part of the song is a spoken auction that although tells a story, sadly brings down the tempo somewhat and is very distracting. However it works overall to get the message across and rounds the experience off.

7. After the party, it's over


Another powerful, slower, and emotive offering that brings back the melodic strings in a rather romantic and reminiscent fashion. There is a lot of talent that comes through in not only terms of vocals but in the layers of music. After all, if you can't do something slow where you can't hide mistakes, you can't do it at all really. It is a beautiful penultimate song for the album and a piece they should be proud of.


8. Fading in the arcade