“Le Concorde’s” (aka Steven Becker) new effort “House” conjured up immediate thoughts of synth pop artist “Owl City” and with good reason. He’s immensely talented and his higher pitched, breathy vocals reminded me of Justin Timberlake in the disco/dance track “Sometimes It’s Hard” and a bit like the previously mentioned “Owl City” (Adam Young) or “Death Cab for Cutie” and “The Postal Service” vocalist Ben Gibbard on the more rocking tracks.
The opening track “The Movement of Cherry Blossom Shadows (Day Version) is a warm mid-tempo pop song that has some nice hooks and fits nicely with the sunny early-fall weather here in the midwest where summer is still trying to hold on. As a house/dance music junkie, I really enjoyed the “Dusk” remix version of the track which appears at the end of the album. It features some warm synth tones and a light disco beat to keep the track moving. A groovy bass solo towards the end of the track was a nice treat as well.
“Who’s Ever Gonna Feel Sorry for Us” fits the mold of the opening track but is a bit more uptempo and uses a heavier dose of synth.
A few other highlights include the upbeat rocker “If Not Now” and the peppy “Make Our Move” which has a soaring guitar sound and builds throughout the track to a climactic ending with a wall of synth and guitar sounds. “Any Bitter Truth” is a perfect replica of an 80’s pop song. The drum beat and synth parts on this one made me nostalgic for some legendary Kenny Loggins or Steve Winwood songs.
The artist’s name “Le Concorde” is a bit of a misnomer. When I first heard the name I thought I would hear some snobby house music with a bunch of samples. This album is quite the opposite. Its light dance beats and catchy hooks make it very accessible and most of all…fun! “Le Concorde” won’t be an indie artist for long if he keeps putting out great synth pop music like this. When coming up for a rating for this review, I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 since I’m just a bit tired of the genre, but if you like stuff like “Owl City” I’d say you would give it a 4.5/5. That will bring it up to 4 out 5 total. Take a listen and judge for yourself by playing it in the free player below!