With several Techno and Progressive House releases Michael Knead has made a name for himself in the field of electronic music. By writing the first EP for Tales From The Inside he is now showing his alter ego which has a face of playful Electronica music.
The EP’s name is no coincidence, of course: In 1938 the Novachord was the first commercially built synthesizer with a conventional claviature. It has a distinctively melancholic sound that stands in the centre of the EP’s title song. However, Michael Knead has not composed a sad piece of music. The only 4 minutes lasting title is modelled on a typical song structure that has both verse and refrain. The Novachord’s catchy melody is contrasting with lively performed ambient sounds and a distorted bassline. All elements merge in the course of the piece. They form a brilliantly bright star to send the listener to far away galaxies.
Much more naive seems A Moment Of Clarity, the Nova EP’s second title. It starts off with an innocent guitar and a friendly setting of everyday noises. But appearances are deceiving: the text “suddenly, all makes sense” (the producer himself is singing here) puts the listener in the condition of artificial shelter. Nothing makes sense in this song! As the powerful electronic beat starts, the track’s ambivalence is obvious. The return of the guitar seems almost ironic in this context. A sudden break – is it only a make-believe contradiction? Maybe that is why “suddenly, all makes sense”. This music’s sense lies on a meta level.