Solar Fake – Enjoy Dystopia

Solar Fake - Enjoy Dystopia

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Solar Fake - Enjoy Dystopia

Album facts

Release Date: February 12th, 2021
Label: Out Of Line
Genre: , ,
Discogs: Not available yet
Partially sounds like: De/Vision, Mesh

Solar Fake’s new album ‘Enjoy Dystopia’ is to be released on 12th February and I can’t believe it’s been more than three years already since ‘You Win. Who Cares?’. Last year’s events have probably shaped and influenced ‘Enjoy Dystopia’ in a particular way and what can I say? At least something good came out of 2020 with this album!

You can expect the typical Solar Fake mix of harsh beats, Synthwave melodies and in-your-face lyrics that makes every single one of their albums worth listening to, only this time, there’s a little surprise in store for us. Just like the album title and the very fitting artwork promise, the ten tracks on ‘Enjoy Dystopia’ invite us to have a closer look at the different shades of our dystopic, destructive and unmerciful society.

‘You need the drugs’

The album opener ‘At Least We’ll Forget’ is a perfect introduction to the dystopic world described throughout the whole album. Its lyrics picturing people destroying themselves while abusing of and eventually taking others down with them, the song’s pace and musical structure remind me of the overall style on ‘Another Manic Episode’. I could very well imagine this song as an opener for their next tour or a festival gig.

You’re my destruction, get out off my head
Lyrics from ‘At Least We’ll Forget’ by Solar Fake

‘I Despise You’ takes up the same theme of ‘At Least We’ll Forget’, but in a different way. Up-tempo beats vary with a piano melody in the chorus and the bridge, which makes the overall atmosphere of the song, despite the very direct and in-your-face lyrics, less aggressive but rather bleak and sad. The voice distortion in the bridge stresses this feeling and reminds us that hatred and despise can be too strong to forgive anything.

This Pretty Life’ was the first single to be released and offered a perfect sneak peek to the album’s topics. The song accuses the abundance of drugs tempering with our brains, making us unable to make out what is real and what is not, while building our perfect little world of fake emotions, relationships and feelings. While the original electronic version is undoubtedly very good, I can dearly recommend listening to the piano version on the single release because it gives the topic a whole different and more dramatic streak.

This pretty life – a shattered vow, and nothing is left to blow
Lyrics from ‘This Pretty Life’ by Solar Fake

The next song ‘Arrive Somewhere’ takes up speed again with its beautiful Synthwave elements and faster club beats. Also, we can hear a few piano sounds here and there, seeming to underline the resolve and hopefulness in the lyrics: No matter how heavy the clouds may lie on our heads sometimes, there is always a possibility to step forward from the wall we’ve been retaining ourselves to.

Addicted to destruction

With the next song, we are brutally torn out of the beautiful dreamy atmosphere of the previous track. ‘Es geht dich nichts an‘ (= It’s none of your business) is the only German song on this album and I was positively surprised about how well it works. Sven Friedrich’s voice sounds a lot different here, especially because he is not really singing the verses but rather speaking out the words in quite an aggressive style, which fit the lyrics very accurately. His spitting out the words slightly reminded me of ‘Fuck U’, a bonus track on ‘You Win Who Cares?’.

The overall style of ‘It’s Just Who You Are’ comes off a lot softer than the previous song with a more minimalistic and yet interesting style. Percussions and a few synth elements in the background open up to a faster chorus that does not hold as much force or aggression compared to other songs on the album. According to Sven Friedrich, the second single of the album “is about unpleasant and slimy people who permanently try to manipulate their environment“, and the lyrics do indeed remind us to take our distance from these manipulative people trying to mess with our brains and drain our energy.

I won’t let you fuck with my brain
Lyrics from ‘It’s Who You Are’ by Solar Fake

If you missed stronger beats so far, ‘Trying Too Hard’ won’t disappoint you. The pounding of the mid-tempo, harsh EBM beats perfectly accompany the lyrics, which expose self-centered, attention-seeking people as pathetic because they are trying too hard to be someone they are not just to please others.

All out of hope

The next song ‘Implode’ reminds us of how important it is not to keep everything to ourselves because it is already hard enough to deal with the challenges of the outside world. I really liked the synth and percussion variations throughout the whole song who reach their peak when Sven screams out ‘You’re gonna weep and die alone’ after repeatedly singing ‘The cut’s so deep’.

Things you tried to forget and erase from your brain keep returning instead
Lyrics from ‘Implode’ by Solar Fake

The mid-tempo percussions and synth melodies of ‘Just leave it’ prepare us for the end of the album, both musically and content-wise. The lyrics about missed chances, passiveness and ignorance seem rather fatalistic because it is clearly pointed out that we cannot undo the mess we caused in the past.

‘Wish Myself Away’ is the finale to ‘Enjoy Dystopia’ and reminds me a lot of ‘What If There’s Nothing’ on ‘You Win. Who Cares?’. The slow, carrying rhythm and the beautiful synth melody in the chorus underline the hopelessness and loneliness depicted in the lyrics. You want to get out of the horrors of this world and this life, but you can’t get up because you are afraid to fail again. As the song’s melody slowly fades away, you are left with this depressing image of the inner conflict between wanting to get away and being powerless to do so.

For all-time fans

I must admit that it took me a bit more time to get hooked to Solar Fake’s ‘Enjoy Dystopia’. Their last album ‘You Win. Who Cares?’ having become one of my favorite ones, it was difficult not to draw too many comparisons or be too critical. Still, after listening a few times, ‘Enjoy Dystopia’ has fully convinced me, and I can warmly recommend it to everyone who has known the band for a long time and appreciates their music and song-writing.

Even though we all miss seeing the guys from Solar Fake on stage and are craving to experience this special feeling of community on concerts and festivals again, let’s share this album with our friends in the meantime, listen to it in our homes and enjoy dystopia together!

Track By Track Rating

Solar Fake - Enjoy Dystopia
Solar Fake – Enjoy Dystopia
At Least We'll Forget
I Despise You
This Pretty Life
Arrive Somewhere
Es Geht Dich Nichts An
It's Who You Are
Trying Too Hard
Implode
Just Leave It
Wish Myself Away
Recommend
This Pretty Life
Arrive Somewhere
Wish Myself Away
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
3.8
Author
  1. 4.1

    Well I strongly agree with you in many areas but not all…

    [ BACKGROUND:

    By YWWC, SF created a perfect atmosphere for all of us to face our own darkness. We’re humans, ‘Hope’ is sth like Oxygen for us; YWWC was there to suck out every bit of hope from your world, leave you vulnerable and alone to face your darkest insecurities. Anyone listening to tracks like ‘Sick of You’ could practically like feel his rage towards themselves. Also other tracks like ‘Anything You Want’ were there to mean whatever you feel it means…

    For me, I was caught off guard when he said “you’ve gone out to date, so desperate to mate with somebody straight”
    Well I have no idea what he meant by that line, but what it meant to me was deep… at time, it was the most obnoxious fact about me.
    Now when I look back to it, he probably meant “so desperate to just mate with sb, as soon as you can?!” But anyway, on the next verse he slapped me with ‘you don’t even realise you’re hiding from yourself’ and that was it. I was successfully F*CKED

    I was left alone, hanging to his words, listening closely and feeling his disappointment toward my own self, feeling his disgust, anger and despise.

    So, for personal reasons YWWC, was constantly hunting me until the moment that I gave in, I didn’t have any more strength to ignore those dark spots, I had to face them…

    I was lying there, I could have ran away again, but somehow, “my own feet couldn’t carry me…”

    So I’m in tears once again, sharing this here, because I’m just ‘nameless’ and everything is easier this way… ]

    1. At Least We’ll Forget
    – The melody is a plain and old at first but then it gets stronger around the course
    – again a very direct opening, nothing much to say it just makes you ready for the rest…
    But comparing to Sick of You, it wasn’t that strong

    2. I Despise You
    – The beat may sound a bit bland and boring.
    – However, the lyrics… “I really despise you, BAD enough NOT to fuck it up” is anything but ‘bland’ it makes you think again (I was like, ‘well, hello there again’)
    So in sum up, for the strong lyrics, it deserves more than 3.5

    3. This Pretty Life
    Okay, I have a lot to say about this one… frankly, I loved the single but I just feel like it’s not in the right place on the album. Like, it shouldn’t be there, it fucked my mood a bit… I don’t know, the track is obviously strong, the lyrics is catchy and clean but if we’re rating the ALBUM, it’s not good, at least in my opinion… if it was a single I would have rated it around 4.8 but here… nah

    4. Arrive Somewhere
    Well, this track is the main reason why I felt the need to give some sort of a background.
    – Honestly, It goes very well with the whole concept of the track and everything is in its right place
    – Sooo Lyrics? Remember me lying down defenceless? Being desperate to run away? But my own legs wouldn’t carry me? Yeah… suddenly, I wasn’t hearing Sven anymore. It was my beloved one, holding a hand for me, to just get up and maybe fight? Fly? Get up and get over? I don’t know, I just felt it…

    5. Es Geht Dich Nichts An
    So if it’s not obvious, I’m not German (I’m trying to learn but I just can make some stupid sentences like ‘Die katze ist schön” 🤦‍♀️😂)
    But the music could have been better cause the mix version was way more appealing, but by translations I read the song was perfectly fitting there unlike This Pretty Life…

    6. It’s Who You Are
    – Electronic and fascinating! (I can’t connect with its music video, though)
    – But the LYRICS, again, I was HUNTED, he was my beloved one from 3 years ago, he was singing the same words, he brought me back to my miserable days before YWWC (ugh I hate that person)

    7. Trying Too Hard
    – I LOVE THIS MELODY, Such an strong beat really! (However it’s of course based on personal taste but I think it was pretty in sync with the concept and lyrics)
    – For once I wasn’t being beaten up by his words… and the lyrics seems less personal (almost like how sick of you was)

    8. Implode
    – Again some perfect, special melodies…
    – lyrics aren’t as touchy and deep… it seems like a perfect sequel to ‘Trying Too Hard’ (but not as musically appealing as TTH)

    9. Just Leave it
    – Wise, the beat is keeping up with TTH’s style while slowing it down a bit, its a perfect bridge…
    – Lyrics? Honestly if it was before “Arrive Somewhere” It would have been even more fantastic, but anyway, nice try to give me a chance to run again, but as I told you, MY OWN FEET WILL NOT CARRY ME

    10. Wish Myself Away
    And finally… =)))))))
    – Perfectly fits with the atmosphere of the lyrics
    – Let’s just not talk about it… I feel like, talking about it will just spoil it, just, FUCK. FUCK. FUCK.

    Bye.

    Breakdown
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    At Least We'll Forget

    I Despise You

    This Pretty Life

    Arrive Somewhere

    Es Geht Dich Nichts An

    It's Who You Are

    Trying Too Hard

    Implode

    Just Leave It

    Wish Myself Away

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At Least We'll Forget
I Despise You
This Pretty Life
Arrive Somewhere
Es Geht Dich Nichts An
It's Who You Are
Trying Too Hard
Implode
Just Leave It
Wish Myself Away
Final Score