OK just quickly before I get right into this article, I just wanted to share two really great things about Bechara‘s debut album “Stockholm Syndrome“:
More motion picture than music, Bechara’s self titled album is as enigmatic and compelling as the artist himself.
Against a backdrop of pulsating analogue synths, “Back To The Bloodshed” tells the story of a man drafted into a war to fight someone else’s enemies. Upon his return, he discovers that his wife, family, and all that he was fighting to return to has deserted him. Betrayed by his former lover and left isolated and paranoid, he returns to the war he never wanted, searching for solace amongst the foreign wasteland.
The vocal work on the album is an impressive feat; the first full length song on the album, “Hostage” has a dark yet edgy ‘Panic! At The Disco‘ vibe to it. Yet the latter tracks seem to reference a number of different vocal eras with “Nah” having a sorta Coldplay-ish vocal and “Back To The Bloodshed” sounds a bit Daft Punk meets Michael Jackson. The common thread between these vast gaps though is the brooding production, encapsulating the lyrics in a shroud of darkness.
It’s not clear if Bechara are deliberately rejecting trends, or just accidentally. In stark contrast to the current climate of feel good melodies and uplifting vocals dominating electronic music, Bechara’s debut album, “Stockholm Syndrome“, sits somewhere between aggressive and reflective.
Likened to the Black Tiger Sex Machine by a few careful listeners, Bechara continues to court controversy. In a time of social media exposure, Bechara continues to build his profile shrouded in curiosity.
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