Perpacity - Convergence

  Van Muylem    16 februari 2017

Perpacity are Ian Harling and Martin Nyrup residing in the UK and in Denmark respectively. Each has over 20 years of musical experience, ranging from writing music and live performance to studio work and music production. Perpacity creates strong melodic songs and melodies, characterized by their unique dark and moving electronic soundscapes.

Perpacity released their debut album The Sinner Inclination early 2015 which consisted of a back-catalogue material of their early instrumentals and songs. Since then Perpacity have released several well-received singles, including: Obscene, Save Me and Volatile Cohesion. In the autumn of 2016 Perpacity released their Arise LP to international acclaim.

I must say that I have never heard of them before. Their sound comes sometimes close to Depeche Mode and can be the best described as retro synth pop with a melodic feel and nice vocals. The trouble with this album is that most of the songs are a bit too much of the same with only now and then some changes. For example the first song that could have gone into the Mesh direction: a bit of raging and a bit of a tension, but in the end it stay’s nice and smooth, gently and kind. I feel like they missed a chance to make it sound better and true. Falling Apart could have been more Aesthetic Perfection, but again they decided to keep it a bit low down, missing some real screaming and real feelings. I would have worked it out a bit more, getting more drama into it.

Shift sounds like a great ballad, with a razorblade shifted voice. The Edge of Everything could have been a bit sharper. The Truly Broken is a nice title, but doesn’t sound like I expected with such a title. I don’t feel enough sadness, I don’t shed a tear … It feels like that little bit of extra belief is missing, sadly as it has enough potential. My Saviour (erh: no it’s not a typo, that’s the given title): we can hear some female backings and a sweeter sound. There’s even a guitar in it (smoothly mixed into a background sound). Suffocate even starts a bit like Enjoy The Silence and with that everything has been said about this one. Inside Your Pain sounds sad (ballad-minded) and for the first time I believe in what I hear, as if the whole album needs some time and some more airplay before you can actually start to like it. Human is yet another soft one. It’s a nice ending, but honestly: I’m glad I can start another CD!

I had something similar in the past, with Touching The Void. The Difference is that they did a better job and really got me going for it. I miss that little bit of extra. It’s all smooth, fine tunes, but nothing really got into me. Somehow it wasn’t strong enough to pierce my armor! Better next time?