Vocalist Marjo-Reetta and songwriter/producer Mike Midas make up the electronic duo Atomic Berries. Based in Turku, Finland, the pair got their start in 2018 and have been providing their audience with beautifully crafted electronic music ever since. Their latest EP is titled Far Away and features 6 songs guaranteed to move your feet and hips.
Atomic Berries – Far Away
The fourth song, “Passion For Life”, starts with effected-vocals hauntingly singing over a growing synth beat, slightly less relaxing than “Alive”, which helps get the listener pumped up. When the beat drops the groove is undeniable and overtakes the listener, with eighth and sixteenth notes being emphasized more throughout the song. This continues until a guitar-enhanced bridge drops the faster beat in favor of cut time, a device that perfectly brings the listener away from the main beat until a sixteenth note build-up brings us back to the chorus. Marjo-Reetta sings of her “passion for life” in the chorus, as the title suggests, with Midas providing deep backing vocals. A shorter song that packs more of a wallop than “Alive”, “Passion For Life” is another guaranteed club banger.
The final song on the EP, “Lahdetko-Tanaan”, is sung in Finnish as the title suggests. Skeptical Anglophones need not feel any trepidation; music is a universal language that crosses all boundaries, and the language barrier is not even noticeable. The groove is once again an all-encompassing experience; Midas’ detailed production creates a sonic soundscape that titillates the senses. Marjo-Reetta’s angelic vocals float over the top of the arrangement like a heavenly presence, augmenting the beat and adding a layer of comfort, the way a mother’s voice would soothe a child. As the song crescendos the beat transports the listener into the ether, finalizing the listening experience in the perfect way.
Far Away is a thoroughly enjoyable listen from a band just beginning to exhibit its prowess. From pulsing, sense-consuming electronic beats to soothing vocals, Atomic Berries is clearly hitting a stride and we should all be grateful for such enjoyable tunes.
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