Throughout the first few songs on this album, the phrases 'downtempo synthpop', 'hacker music', 'eighties movies' and 'a very happy Fad Gadget' appeared in my mind. It's still not easy to categorize the music on 'Dead Space Between Stars', and that makes it an interesting piece of work in my opinion.
The album opens carefully with 'Albatros'. First a little intro before the beats and synths kick off. From the on, Kai Reznik takes the listener on a futuristic eighties trip. Yeah, I know that sounds weird, but in no time you'll be driving through Back To The Future. 'Chapter Eleven' is one of my favorites. Here, Reznik adds something impending, dark basslines and pummeling electronic drums. This one comes quite close to an all-electronic version of post rock. Title track 'Dead Space Between Stars' does something similar. It turns an electronic lullaby into a vintage game music.
But it's on 'Turning To Ghost ( feat. M.A.D )' when I suddenly realize that there is a certain hip hop element in here. These tracks are quite solid foundations for rap tunes. Now I know why Reznik describes his own music as "alternative". It's one of those sounds that simultaneously do and do not fit it with a number of genres, even though it has its own, distinctive character. I'll end this review with another favorite of mine, 'Night Pink Drops', a tune that will make you want to drive Kit through an episode of 'Knight Rider'. So if you are into good old fashioned synth music, this one deserves a spot on your shelves.