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Afterclothes

by A New January

powerful synth-pop with influences of EBM and danceable electronics and dark, gothy atmospheres
Genre: Electronic: Dance
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1. After Clothes
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2. Partially unbroken
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3. After Clothes (Jim Marcus Remix)
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4. Shallow Expectations (Revelation)
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5. After Clothes (Deep Remix)
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6. Virtues
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7. Green
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8. After Clothes (Raw Version)
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9. Forever in a Day (Live)
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10. Hidden 23rd track
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THIS CD HAS BEEN OUT OF PRINT FOR TWO YEARS. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

AFTERCLOTHES: The third album out from this Chicago-based electro/synthpop hybrid, After Clothes features the single of the same name with some other songs peppered about and salted with remixes of "After Clothes" - including one by Die Warsau's Jim Marcus. ANJ are a triplet consisting of Andre (vocals, keys, guitar), Chris (keys) and Kaven (keyboards & guitar).

After Clothes is a fine release, even with four out of nine songs being "After Clothes". You'll however note that most of the mixes offered are distinctive and fresh. All retain some semblance of the original. The Jim Marcus remix for example adds a bit of bass-line funkiness and ups the complication on the rhythm. Meanwhile the Raw version takes the song into a more computer-driven stance, with highly controlled guitar riffwork and electro noodling. While the original song's melody is hidden and subtle, it is nonetheless there and is recognizable as "After Clothes".

Other offers here include "Virtues"; a laid back piece with hypnotic vocals and smooth movements. None of this song is power hungry and instead retains a melodic background with only occasional heavier rhythm additions used for a grounding effect. "Green" meanwhile opens with interesting fat-back drums and rolls into a smooth, mellow piece with surrounding metallic clicks and bubbling synths.


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Effigy Magazine :: Jeremy Pfohl

"After Clothes" is a superb aggressive, danceable synth-pop song. The beats are
This is a HUGE improvement over their last album, which was already pretty good to begin with. "After Clothes" is a superb aggressive, danceable synth-pop song. The beats are full of energy, and though fairly lighthearted, they don't lack any punch. Nor do the vocals. He has a really good voice, and can work it just as well as it sounds. The chorus to "After Clothes" is to synth-pop what Covenant's chorus parts are to industrial. I would have expected the Jim Marcus remix to have more punch than the original, and while it does give it a heavier funky edge, it's not as hard at all. Still nice, though. The production on this CD is topnotch... Jim Marcus' mix - which is probably in a bigger studio, and with more experience behind the board - doesn't sound out of place AT ALL with the other tracks. The other songs aren't quite as good, but "Virtues" and the live "Forever In A Day" are still really good songs. I'd love to see them live, incidentally. [Rating: 4/5]

Oblivion Webzine :: Graeme Baillie

sweet pop hooks and dark melodies
Hailing from Chicago are A New January, a band I first heard on the Glory of Destruction compilation last year. I do not want to label them simply as an electro pop band because they are much more complex than that - combining unusual rhythms (sometimes tribal in nature) with sweet pop hooks and dark melodies. They also have the fine ability to write great songs, and memorable ones at that. The main track "After Clothes" is a really catchy piece with a simple bass line and effective break-beat, drifting into a really nice chorus. Oh and I need to mention Andre's vocals. They are very individual and they fit in perfectly with the music, not overtaking it and not being too lightweight, just right. There is a remix of the same track by Die Warzau man Jim Marcus who has given the tune a more dub harder edge. Mentions must also go to "Shallow Expectations" and Virtues, two more really well written tracks that defy any obvious formula. "Virtues" in particular I loved and reminded me a little of an old Severed Heads tune, although I cant for the life of me remember which one! (This is) Another CD that I have been playing quite a lot. I cant see any reason why this bunch shouldn't do well.