Helena, Viola, Miss. E, and Scarlet are four well trained classical musicians, that decided to form a string quarter band and play pop and rock covers, their music had captivated the metal scene, and they had toured with the likes of Nightwish in Europe, and currently are supporting Kamelot in their North American tour.
They released their first album A Night Of Strings last June in North America via The End Records, and now they are bringing us their second studio album titled Electric Air. This album is a compilation of twelve astonish cover songs by David Guetta, Adele, Muse, The Clash, and even the main theme of the video game Assassin’s Creed. All musically arranged for a string quartet.
Electric Air opens with an interesting rendition of David Guetta‘s Titanium, that is way more appealing than the original. With that I can say that I had listened to electronic music (I know is indirectly, but still counts) Tear Drop original of Massive Attack, keeps a lot of percussion elements from the original song, but the string arrangements of this cover by Eklipse made the song more enjoyable, and easy to listen. I Follow Rivers original of Lykke Li is a nice symphonic rendition, that add a touch of mystery compared with the original.
The Assasin’s Creed original soundtrack its my favorite track of the album, not only because how chilling the song sounds compared with the original, I guess the strings added a more sinister and deadly ingredient to this soundtrack, Now , I would love to hear Eklipse cover some God Of War or Skyrim music in the future. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Set Fire To The Rain original by Adele on strings sounds very powerful and really quite edgy. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse, sounds really good on this cover. the musical structure, and the soul of the song are all there that makes this song one of the greatest on this record. Rock The Casbah by The Clash, becomes an interesting song once you listen to it on a strings quartet cover, really looking forward to listening this song if Eklipse plays it live on their set. Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics, a song once made famous by Marylin Mason back in the 90′s, gained a sound more close to the original, that for a moment it made me forget about Manson‘s cover
Overall, Electric Air is a fascinating trip of musical expressionism that is not metal at all. the symphonic parts, the image that Eklipse projects, and their work with bands like Nighwish and Kamelot that is what it makes them so welcome and appealing to this genre. Musically speaking this album is a great deal of talent that reintroduces us to the work that once Apocalyptica begun, and that now has been passed to this four beautiful and talented German women to continue, the work of bringing the beauty out of the beast.
Make sure to catch Eklipse on tour with Delain and Kamelot on the remaining dates of their first North American tour.
Sep. 10 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Sep. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Mojoe’s
Sep. 13 – Kansas City, KS @ Granada Theater
Sep. 14 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sep. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
Sep. 17 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sep. 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Sep. 21 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Sep. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Sep. 24 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Sep. 25 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Sep. 27 – Louisville, KY @ Diamonds
Sep. 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Sep. 29 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
01. Titanium (orig. by David Guetta Feat. Sia)
02. Teardrop (orig. by Massive Attack)
03. I Follow Rivers (orig. by Lykke Li)
04. Where The Wild Roses Grow (orig. by Nick Cave Feat. Kylie Minogue)
05. Assassin’s Creed (Original Game Soundtrack)
06. Set Fire To The Rain (orig. by Adele)
07. Supermassive Black Hole (orig. by Muse)
08. We Are The People (orig by. Empire Of The Sun)
09. Until The End Of The World (orig. by Apoptygma Berzerk)
10. Shake It Out (orig. by Florence and the Machine)
11. Rock The Casbah (orig. by The Clash)
12. Ode An Die Freude / Ode To Joy (Beethoveen)
DIGITAL ONLY BONUS TRACKS
13. Sweet Dreams (orig. by Eurythmics)
14. You Spin Me Right Round (orig. by Dead Or Alive)
Genre: Symphonic/Classical music
Record Label: The End Records
Playing Time: 49 minutes