The backbone of his tunes can be traced to game music of the 80s/90s; His ears seem to be honed with the unashamedly naivistic, yet inventive compositions in games like Jazz Jackrabbit and Mega Man. But he exploits more modern devices, too: The shrewdly conceived melodic drama on top of a sophisticated, yet brutal, beat á la Basement Jaxx or Röyksopp, and the blocky sonic lexicon of the chiptune-revival. The shadows of his idols, Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre creep in as well. Namedropping, however, is misleading; Holmen has access to the mental resources of a true electro-tycoon. What is truly great about Kreissack, is that rather than a mere synthesis, a cocktail to be enjoyed in solitude by an electro-nerd, it provides to the reinventing of the electronic pop-tune that, perhaps, for the sake of becoming truly interesting, should be reinvented.
- Oiva Ristimäki, Researcher, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, Turku University