Felix Marc – Substance

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Felix Marc - Substance

Album facts

Release Date: March 15th 2019
Label: Self-Release
Genre: , ,
Discogs: Link
Partially sounds like: Diorama, Beborn Beton, Depeche Mode

Since more than 10 years, Felix Marc releases fant­ast­ic solo albums besides his oth­er suc­cess­ful band pro­jects like 'Diorama' and 'Frozen Plasma'. 'Substance' is the name of the latest out­put by Felix Marc. The album con­tains a bal­anced mix of mel­an­chol­ic bal­lads, bleak melod­ic Synthpop anthems and harder-sound­ing dance tracks.

Let's check the substance of the album

The album starts with a slow, calm and very emo­tion­al bal­lad. So a rather untyp­ic­al open­er. However, the song 'Totem' quickly caught my spell. The track invites you to dream and makes you drift eas­ily into a mel­an­choly past.

The second and title song 'Substance' hits the same mark as the open­er. The bal­lad speed and strings com­bined can almost take your breath away. The warm singing of Felix Marc is flat­ter­ing, pro­found but also deeply sad. If you want to swim in a lake full of tears, then that's prob­ably the soundtrack to it.

Exchanging all my hopes and fears for noth­ing. […] A pro­found mean­ing on my way for substance.
Lyrics from 'Substance' by Felix Marc

'Our Time' is ton­al and lyr­ic­ally crisp. Here, a first-class Synthpop song unfolds with many great elec­tron­ic effects and gim­micks. The aud­ible music­al DNA of 'Diorama' can­not be denied here. But that's fine too. Because the song has enough inde­pend­ence to exist as a typ­ic­al Felix Marc song.

A cover with meaning

Together with Lis Van den Akker, Felix Marc has covered the won­der­ful clas­sic 'The Promise You Made' by 'Cock Robin'. I love this song so incred­ibly. Even in the fresh, new ver­sion, the reviv­al of this duet is almost per­fect. The emo­tions, as well as the 80s spir­it, are trans­por­ted here in a fant­ast­ic way.

Felix Marc (Press picture 2019)
Felix Marc (Press pic­ture 2019)

The fur­ther the pro­gress of the album pro­gresses, the more and more elec­tron­ic it becomes on 'Substance'. 'Lost In Grace' is an elec­tron­ic gren­ade, a dance­able explo­sion, and is tightly beat on beat. Look for­ward to dan­cing legs to a lyr­ic­al doomsday.

'New Waves' is the sixth title on the album. The melody line in the chor­us reminds me of old Commodore Amiga scene sounds. Absolutely awe­some in my opin­ion. This gives the song a nos­tal­gic note, sounds a bit like Synthwave, but is music­ally anchored in the present. In terms of mood, we have arrived here at the sum­mit of hope.

The album con­tin­ues with a very catchy melody in 'Vertigo'. The song is slightly cliché inspired by the 80s. A song made to fill the dance floors of the dis­cotheques or at least to sing it out loud in the shower. Acoustically, we are still a bit on the peak of elation.

Go break my heart. A final cruel emo­tion. Before we're left alone, with anoth­er night to drown.
Lyrics from 'Vertigo' by Felix Marc

Varied until the end

'Omen' is a straight­for­ward Synthpop that eas­ily goes to the ear. I think the song is excel­lent, even though I have to admit that I can not really describe why. The song has no corners or edges and works great as a radio track. But maybe that's just it, the fast song snack in between.

The album 'Substance' offers an incred­ible amount of var­ied, son­ic exper­i­ences. The song 'Satellites' proves that very nicely. Spiked with Futurepop ele­ments, but lyr­ic­ally bleak, the music­al cre­ativ­ity of Felix Marc is par­tic­u­larly evid­ent here.

Out of the ordin­ary but very inter­est­ing is the song 'The Fortress'. Somehow, this strange ton­al com­bin­a­tion fits into the concept of Depeche Mode's 'Ultra' era. Gloomy, indef­in­ite, uncom­fort­able and even par­tially oppress­ive I would describe the mood. Dark gui­tar chords altern­ate with dis­tor­ted syn­thes­izer sounds before the sym­bol­ic sky opens and a piano ini­ti­ates the son­ic­ally redemption.

Does the album have enough substance?

Definitely yes! There is no doubt that this will be one of the album high­lights of the year 2019. Felix Marc's fourth solo album 'Substance' will embrace new listen­ers as well as loy­al fans. It is dark, euphor­ic, dance­able, dreamy and mel­an­chol­ic. Just as var­ied are the genre col­our­ing in the indi­vidu­al tracks. Just listen to the album teas­er and con­vince yourself.

Beside the reg­u­lar album, there is still the 'Substantial Edition' with a total of 28 tracks. In addi­tion, you get once the com­plete album as an instru­ment­al ver­sion and four more bonus tracks. Go and get it now!

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2019‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Felix Marc - Substance
Felix Marc – Substance
Totem
Substance
Our Time
The Promise You Made
Lost In Grace
New Waves
Vertigo
To The World
Omen
Satellites
The Fortress
Getout
Recommend
The Promise You Made
Lost In Grace
Satellites
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
3.9
Fantastic

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Totem
Substance
Our Time
The Promise You Made
Lost In Grace
New Waves
Vertigo
To The World
Omen
Satellites
The Fortress
Getout
Final Score