He’s been pushing out quality content for years. Mike Pougounas began working with music professionally in 1998 when he helped form The Flowers Of Romance. Finally finding his wings when the band became Nexus, Pougounas and co released four brilliant albums over the next few years. Things don’t always go smoothly, and in many instances, this is what makes output more interesting. The same can be said for what happened next, when Nexus decided to change one more time. The birth of New Zero God saw the band transform once again with yet another layer of inventiveness, experience, and compositional clarity. Along came the lock-down, and anyone deserving of polite society did what was necessary and remained isolated. It was at this time that Mike decided to renew his vows with Nexus and reinvent the sound on a solo production. So here it is, the new track which has been made in collaboration with friends such as Mark Gemini Thwaite, who’s been involved with the likes of Gary Numan and The Mission, and John Fryer of Nine Inch Nails, This Mortal Coil, and Depeche Mode production credits.
Tuneful atmospheric rhythms begin to cast a magical melody. Deep and emotional words then begin to drift over the flowing tones. A gothic edge forms an avant-garde feel as the storyline ensues with descriptions. A cello from Dalai Cellai adds a layer of emotional clarity as the drumming pushes into second gear. The pressure of the song rises gracefully as the powerful tones strike ascending keys in movements of mindful motion. Rhythm builds as the music continues, a progressive and hypnotic energy fluctuates between open ended statements of character.
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They're Back From The Noughties And Gothic Rockers Nexus Are Making The Most Of It
Seventeen tense years have passed since the previous Nexus record, and we're thrilled to be involved with their long-awaited return. Fans of Nine Inch Nails, Mission, Black Needle Noise, and The Damned will be familiar with the vibe on offer with this group. Mike Pougounas of the world-renowned New Zero God reignited the flame of his old band when Covid prevented recording and the subsequent tour. The side-project that started it all for this scene-setting artist has a lot of juice left in the engine. This is Star Thief.
A shimmering synthesiser opens the track before spooky-core melodies abstract across scattered beats. Bass drips down into the gloom as vocals enter, gothic tones and poetic imagery dance along the shattered edges of reality. Ghostly harmonies curdle beneath the driving pulsations of electronic surge. Awkward chords break the norms as fascinating beats inform a genuinely inventive progression. A sense of the 1980s spreads thickly yet modern uses of rhythm and breakbeat mixing lends a culturally new edge. An adventure of a track, we're taken in and swung around by layerings of synthesiser and cracking tempo structures that keep us on our toes.
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