Identity is the second album of the originally Australian electropop band The Crystalline Effect led by Pete Crane and singer Elenor Rayner. In 2005 their debut got released by the Polish Black Flames records and two years ago the Hypothermia EP got released by the Hungarian Advoxya records.
This same label now releases the new album Identity and here the band introduces a sound very much comparable to the previous EP. The psychedelic electropop of this duo contains much influences from EBM and techno and with that connects to a trend of recent years in the electro scene following the pioneering sound of futurepop in the late ‘90s.
The voice of Elenor adds the necessay depth and emotion and this leads to good and danceable tracks like ‘How I Get Out’, ‘Ialundra’ and ‘Five Ways to Run’ that musically are also interesting enough due to a varied palette of sound. Also a slower track like ‘When the World Ends’ or ‘When You’re Asleep’ sounds very convincing. The Crystalline Effect is without doubt the best and also commercially most potent electro project on Advoxya records. The album identity from The Crystalline effect is recommended to fans of bands like Chandeen, The Azoic or Delerium.