British shoegaze-pop outfit SPC ECO (pronounced Space Echo) have been making moody electronica for the better part of a decade and latest effort “Dark Matter” doesn’t stray too far from the formula. The brainchild of ex-Curve guitarist Dean Garcia and featuring his daughter Rose Berlin on vocals, SPC ECO’s music, frankly isn’t for everyone.
At times the songs on the 10-track, 48-minute release seems to blend together, making it a challenge to get through “Dark Matter” in a single sitting. Berlin’s voice is strong — and the lyrics she pens are quite good — but the lack of variation between tunes take away from the overall effectiveness of the album.
That said, there are few notable exceptions. “Creep in the Shadows,” “Different Kind,” “I Won’t Me Heard” and moody gem “The Whole World Shines” all merit multiple listens. Less effective are “Let It Be Always,” “Playing Games” and set closer “Under My Skin.” SPC ECO aren’t making music for the mainstream, but the more adventurous types might get a kick out this one. (Jeffrey Sisk)