Felix Marc – Alternative Facts

Felix Marc - Alternative Facts cover

Album facts

Release: July 7th, 2017
Label: Not on label
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A recharged Felix

'Alternative Facts' is the 3rd solo stu­dio album by Felix Marc, which is mainly known for the bands 'Frozen Plasma' and 'Diorama'. Here, how­ever, Felix can fol­low his very own kind of music without the com­prom­ises of a band.

The fact we can listen to the album 'Alternative Facts', we have to thank espe­cially the last 'Diorama' album 'Zero Soldier Army' in col­lab­or­a­tion with Torben Wendt. Here Felix was able to recharge energy and inspir­a­tion to con­tin­ue with his own solo project.

Mechanical, but with a lot of soul

The first song on 'Alternative Facts' is a great open­er. 'A New Life' begins with soul­ful piano and celes­ti­al strings, before it changes to a clas­sic Synthpop mid-tempo. The song has a clear mel­an­chol­ic vein, but it also con­tains a lot of hope.

'Hysteria' is one thing in the first few seconds – Electrifying! With the second track Felix Marc offers us some­thing for the dance floor. The pump­ing beat is driv­en by an angel­ic energy that gives you an incred­ible feel­ing of excite­ment. Here is def­in­itely a club­hit poten­tial behind.

Musical influences can't be concealed

The begin­ning of 'Iceland' reminds me of an early song of 'And One', which I find how­ever also very sym­path­et­ic. With the first inser­tion of the beats the asso­ci­ation is already gone. We are expect­ing a gor­geous track with a crisp bass that almost has the atti­tude of a Futurepop song.

The fourth song 'Still Turn Me On' is accom­pan­ied by an all-dis­tort­ing mel­an­choly. A lot of emo­tion­al warmth is played by the acous­tic drums. Furthermore the track offers a won­der­ful sound change after the first three songs.

Sonically groundbreaking

'Fine Line', which was developed in cooper­a­tion with Boris May ('Klangstabil'), presents itself with a real aggress­ive sound. The res­ult­ing dynam­ic from the shout­ing rap parts and the har­mon­ic­ally sound­ing chor­us makes the track par­tic­u­larly unique and inter­est­ing. Sound tech­nic­ally it's very close to the concept of the last 'Diorama' album.

'Miracles' is a lyr­ic­ally motiv­at­ing song full of pos­it­ive energy. A highly mod­ern Synthpop anthem that invites you to dance. An out­stand­ing song that proves that the Synthpop can also give joy and cour­age to life.

Welcome to the future

Felix Marc - Promo Photo 2017
Felix Marc – Promo Photo 2017

With an almost epic intro the track 'Misery' presents itself. This comes quite close to the legendary epic 'Apollo (Live On Your TV)' from 'Apoptygma Berzerk'. Electronically and full of sci-fi effects, the song builds slowly, but unstop­pably, in the dir­ec­tion of infinity.

Other weird and strange sound­ing tones await us in the fol­low­ing song 'Liar'. However, this track is again much catch­i­er while fab­ulously var­ied. The chor­us sounds like a famil­i­ar melody from the 80s.

Felix Marc is far ahead of his time in sound engin­eer­ing. It's this spe­cial mix­ture of accus­tomed, catchy design and ton­al, future-ori­ented sounds that high­light the song.

Asimov laws of robotics lyrically

The song 'Vain' also sounds as if it were taken from a dysto­pi­an sci­ence fic­tion soundtrack. Responsible for this are the inser­ted speech sequences from the film 'I, Robot'. The whole thing is under­lined with a power­ful, dance­able bass beat. Definitely the track is a can­did­ate for the hot rota­tion in the gloomy clubs.

Completing fol­lows 'The Final Cut' includes lyr­ic­ally much human warmth, nos­tal­gic feel­ings and mel­an­choly. Altogether there­fore a very emo­tion­al num­ber, which is a little reduced in sound. Above all, the acous­tic end­ing with gui­tar and piano goes deep into the heart. A won­der­ful song.

Less cold than you might guess

In the album title 'Alternative Facts' I first thought of a more polit­ic­ally motiv­ated album and the art­work on a dysto­pi­an future. However, I deceived myself. Despite the large num­ber of cold elec­tron­ic sounds, the album sounds very emo­tion­al and full of pas­sion.

It's really hard for me to recom­mend indi­vidu­al tracks to listen to. The whole album is incred­ibly strong and has no flaws or unne­ces­sary gap fillers. That's why there are smooth 4 stars for every track.

It's a bit pity that this stun­ning album does not appear as a phys­ic­al release. However, we recom­mend you strongly a listen here and buy the album. On the 'Felix Marc' Bandcamp page, you will also get the album in an 'Extended Version' with 4 bonus tracks plus the reg­u­lar album again as an instru­ment­al version.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2017‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Felix Marc Alternative Facts
Felix Marc – Alternative Facts
A New Life
Still Turn Me On
Fine Line (Feat. Boris May)
The Final Cut
Fine Line (Feat. Boris May)
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A New Life
Still Turn Me On
Fine Line (Feat. Boris May)
The Final Cut
Final Score