Pillar's second compilation starts with a nice presentation in a digipak,
and just like most compilation albums, it has its ups and downs. Some
of the bands presented here are brand new to me, while a few others are
long time acquaintances.
Except for tracks 6 and 7, all the rest are exclusive songs or remixes,
on the one hand making Ecletica a nice collectible item (it's also limited
to only 2000 copies worldwide), but on the other hand some of the remixes
went really out of hand. This is especially true on Zoar's case. A great
piece of music with some ethno-trance in which, apart from the sampled
vocals, there is absolutely nothing left of the original. Loretta's Doll
(track 3) is also worth mentioning. I recommend direct skip, unless you
find interest on Chef from South Park gone darkwave. The album only starts
to shine from track 4 and beyond, with The Unquiet Void, and A Murder
of Angels bringing in some somber atmospheres; two bands that I will look
foward to in the future (both being more Industrial / Ambient oriented).
Ecletica as the name already suggests, is a very variable in sonorities
and mood, some ethereal (The Mirror Reveals), some Indus / Noise (4th
Sign of Apocalypse and Kobe), some failed attempts at avant-garde (Thread),
and Trip Hop (The Changelings) are all present here. Recommended for DJs
and other people looking foward expanding their musical horizons.