Kamera are a band you have probably never heard of. They formed in Sweden in 2000 and have never really made any sort of splash here in the US. They are hoping to change that with their new CD "Resurrection." Their sound has a very 80s synth pop feel to it, similar to bands like New Order. The first single "Lies" has been remixed for club consumption by Markus Schultz, Redanka, & Morgan Page. With these mixes in tow, the band should at least find success on the dance floor.
The Markus Schultz Vocal Remix is very infectious and keeps the retro sound the band is familiar for. The guitar work is put front and center here, giving this mix a very new wave mood. At the breakdown, the song becomes just the lead singer and an acoustic guitar, then rebuilds back into the thumping bass line Schultz has provided. It also manages to keep the rock edge for those who like their remixes not quite so circuit-sounding. Morgan Page takes the song and puts his well-worn electro glove around it with his Vocal Remix. A harder sound is audible here, with more synths but keeping that guitar intact. It's much more sparse and minimal but still quite danceable. This mix is probably more appropriate for an indie rock/dance night than peak-hour Saturdays. Redanka's Vocal Remix takes the track into the electro realm as well, but somehow this mix feels a bit drawn out. It plods along and never seems to hit any big peak. It's my least favorite of the bunch, but I can still see it doing well on those indie nights I mentioned before.
Overall, Kamera make a nice jump into the waters of clubland with "Lies." Though not every mix hits the target, there are enough choices that everyone will find something to their liking. Their new CD should be arriving sometime soon, so if you are a fan of that old school new wave sound, keep your eyes peeled. Until then, enjoy this taste of a new discovery.