Robotic beats and sweeping melodies have always been a winning combination

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When John Foxx helmed Ultravox, when Martin Gore took over the Depeche Mode reins from Vince Clarke, when Underworld were thrilling filmgoers as well as ravers….. all these bands had a rock grandeur. However briefly, however irritating it might have been to guitar purists, synthesizers became cool – they became the scene.

Scenius are part of a fresh synthesizer reawakening. Following their acclaimed 2020 debut, Enough Fears, they embarked upon a scattering of select live shows. This post-lockdown proximity afforded the duo a heightened mutual awareness and appreciation.

The closer collaboration bore fruit in the form of Life Is A Thing, a pristine set of contemporary compositions. Whilst their debut dazzled, Scenius cast a wider emotive net on this new release, doubling down on heart and soul. The new long-player sets out to delight and subvert in equal measure. Alienated vocals are backed by dark, sensual grooves – basslines thrum, those vintage synths throb and the listener will sway to its glorious tuneage.

Lyrics here tackle the different ways we manage to move on  – or try to and sometimes fail to – when things seem  to be falling apart, either in our own life (A Million To Go, Hindsight, Life Is A Thing Again) or in the world around (Hot Dust, La Même Nuit, Rise Above).

Scenius are making music for the night people, for introverts, outsiders, freaks and geeks. They make music for the melancholy, the dreamers, the renegades and the maverick. For the masses ….for us!

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