Model Depose – Damage Control

Discomfort never sounded more beautiful

Model Depose - Damage Control

Album facts

Release Date: September 13th 2019
Label: Trisol
Genre: , , ,
Discogs: (Not lis­ted yet)
Partially sounds like: Depeche Mode, De/Vision, Placebo, Duran Duran

As dark as the cov­er art­work seems, as dark is the con­tent of the new Model Depose album 'Damage Control'. All in all very elec­tron­ic and dirty with a pinch of elec­tric gui­tars. If you like dirty, mel­an­chol­ic music at midtempo, you'll def­in­itely find what you're look­ing for here.

Model Depose describes their album as fol­lows: "Romanticism has grown into a groun­ded vis­ion on the world. The sound of new wave has slowly evolved into its own style. Would you call it indie, rock or altern­at­ive pop? Model Depose has it all and is none of them. Their iden­tity has matured and is aud­ible in both the music and lyr­ics. Dark fic­tion has been traded with themes in which human­it­ari­an issues are subtly raised. For example, the single Bombs are Falling is about post-trau­mat­ic stress; the dis­son­ance in your per­cep­tion becomes clear in Red Alert. One of the crown jew­els on Damage Control is the love duet Cold War with the Groningen-based queen of dark­ness, FENN. The album is a full-fledged piece of music in which everything fits togeth­er like a puzzle, where grit and a sooth­ing atmo­sphere always find bal­ance through raw beats, dynam­ic vocals, and sub­dued syn­thes­izer melod­ies.".

Let's start with grey clouds

The first song 'Wights' starts calmly and very unagit­ated. It builds up a cre­at­ive and con­tinu­ous ten­sion. But this doesn't lead to a redeem­ing chor­us. But that's not tra­gic, the track per­fectly intro­duces you to the mood of the album. Also the end­ing is quite abrupt, accom­pan­ied by some quiet piano tones that sud­denly go silent.

Stuck in a sys­tem that I can't escape
Lyrics from 'Wights' by Model Depose

The title track 'Damage Control' starts some­how groovy and funky! In the chor­us you can't hear much of it any­more. What can be heard is a huge range of dif­fer­ent influ­ences and damn many dif­fer­ent sound lay­ers. The catch phrase: "As we watch you turn blood into wine" goes straight into your ears and gets stuck like a para­site. The almost 30 seconds long bridge, in a song of just 3:08 minutes, rocks the house like no oth­er. What a fant­ast­ic track!

If a song on the album 'Damage Control' can have single qual­it­ies, then it is def­in­itely 'Red Alert'. Catchy like a radio track in con­tinu­ous rota­tion, almost per­fectly com­posed and des­pite all that a ser­i­ous song that doesn't chum up. I love this song very much and recom­mend you listen­ing to it!

Black and beautiful

Model Depose (Promo picture 2019)
Model Depose (Promo pic­ture 2019)

The song 'Blackstar' tunes you up sadly and thought­fully. The beat drags itself car­ry­ing and heavy for­ward and is accom­pan­ied by dark elec­tron­ic synth noises, which sound like acous­tic ghosts. Only a com­pletely empathy-less being doesn't get goose­bumps here. I think 'Blackstar' is the song with the greatest lyr­ic­al depth on the album. The ser­i­ous atmo­sphere of the song cre­ates its own small micro­cosm on 'Damage Control'. Black and beau­ti­ful, thank you Model Depose for this sung heartache.

I think it's great that with the song 'Cold War (Feat. FENN)', there's a vocal change in the album. That's exactly what makes the album even more inter­est­ing and multi-layered. This song has this fant­ast­ic mix­ture of elec­tron­ics and rock like you can find on the 'Ultra' by Depeche Mode.

We dis­con­nect, we don't reflect
Lyrics from 'Cold War (Feat. FENN)' by Model Depose

If you're look­ing for some­thing at a mod­er­ate up-tempo, 'Drawing The Line' is more your song to listen to. The intro reminds me sud­denly of the high time of 'Placebo'! Cool robot­ic voices in the chor­us, catchy lyr­ics and a lot of dynam­ics have united the five Dutchmen here with a lot of talent.

Fresh black blood

After a rather noisy begin­ning, an unusu­ally cool synth scale with extra­ter­restri­al char­ac­ter fol­lows in the song '#dance­likenooneiswatch­ing'. In addi­tion, funky elec­tric gui­tar riffs and a fat bass­line weave them­selves into the song. The song would fit per­fectly to the 'Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)' of 'Duran Duran'. Nevertheless, the song lives through its own char­ac­ter and is by no means a plagiarism.

'Yesterday's Gloom' starts out like a clas­sic bal­lad. Quiet, mel­low and with a gut feel­ing of bit­ter­sweet dis­ap­point­ments. But then, after a pretty cool drop, an acous­tic laser can­non shoots out of the loud­speak­ers and you are shocked and a bit per­plexed. What just happened? 'Model Depose' deliv­ers the full dynam­ic band­width to your ear here and fucks your brain on a music­al level that only a few can match. Wow, I'm almost thrilled to be sur­prised by such a strong song towards the end of the album.

The last (bonus) song 'Bombs Are Falling' is not a typ­ic­al last piano bal­lad on an album. Rather a first-class single with radio play­ing qual­it­ies. Some of you may already know the track because it was one of the first music videos from the album earli­er this year. Finishing an album with a song, which oth­ers might have used as a grand open­ing, is pretty porn.

WYSIWYG

An album cov­er that looks like Anton Corbjin per­son­ally designed it could be inter­preted as a visu­al click­bait. But in the case of 'Damage Control' it's not like that, because you get a really fant­ast­ic, bleak album between Electrorock and Synthpop. 'Model Depose' have developed a lot in the last years and deliv­er an album at the highest level.

Note to all fest­iv­al organ­izers: 'Model Depose' is a band that I def­in­itely want to see at a big Goth fest­iv­al next year! Message received?

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

Model Depose - Damage Control
Model Depose – Damage Control
Wights
Stranger
Damage Control
Red Alert
Blackstar
Cold War (Feat. FENN)
Drawing The Line
#dance­likenooneiswatch­ing
Yesterday's Gloom
03:00AM
Bombs Are Falling (Bonus)
Recommend
Damage Control
Red Alert
Cold War (Feat. FENN)
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
4
Beautiful