The album presents a carefully crafted set of nine trax in which shiver-inducing swathes of guitars, restrained and mournful, battle alongside and often it seems directly against bitingly insistent vocals, that effortlessly switch between French and English.
2. Mr. Itagaki
3. Die in Bed
6. Le Son du Trottoir
8. Coeur Hanté
9. The Closet Song
10. Ride of a Lifetime
Frank Alpine is the alias of Rich Moreno, a veteran of LA's punk and darkened indie underground scenes, as well as a former member of New Collapse and The Boy Scouts of Annihilation.
1. No Exit
2. Heart Is Grey
3. Painted Eyes
4. Paper Thin Walls
5. Night Sky
6. Dark Places
7. Through Your Window
8. My Feelings
Produced by cerebral electro-experimentalists Alfredo Nogueira and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, yet brimming with spacey guitar work and hooks aplenty, Covered in Dust is a record that thrives on harmonious disparities while maintaining all of its thematic and sonic cohesion.
1. Hazy Haze
2. Destructive Paths To Live Happily
4. Strange Birds
5. Dark Dream
6. Running Into Next Year
7. No Perfect Focus
8. Record Party
9. In Death Not To Part
10. Prom Song
11. Colors Treasured
Synthesizing countless disparate musical influences from first wave British industrial music to house, disco, and the largely unknown cold wave (aka 'La Vague Froide') tradition in Northern Europe, the trax on Dust fly by, straight out of the frozen hot, lonely cold plains of vocalist Samuel Kklovenhoof's native central Texas.
1. Bikini Fun
2. Port Isabel
4. Destination Sanity
5. The Unkept Area
6. Something For The Children
7. I Wait For You
9. CC Exit
10. Poll Gorm
Tension develops at the points where modernity and the ageless meet. That tension has a rhythm that has incarnated itself in various forms of contemporary music, and sometimes the sound it makes stands out more than others. RØSENKØPF channels that deep, relentless sound that feels at once like urban ruin and primordial nature, as if the unyielding cycles of ritual and decay are echoing through each instrument. As the latest addition to the Wierd Records roster they embody one of those standout moment.
Melding electronics, guitars, bass and live drums, samples, and confrontational vocals together in a seamless, non-hybridized way, RØSENKØPF has found a motley group of admirers, from those those attracted to the experimental end of black metal to those that gravitate toward the recent mutation of codeine-slowed hip-hop and demonic drone.
But looking closer at the band's unmistakable spiritual bond to monolithic giants of the deathrock and crustpunk past, the gravity of their preoccupations and the singularity of their sound anchors them in a specific and unique place. While the band members have roots that reach far into the punk underground (Detestation, Question, Thriller, Dawn of Humans etc.), that serves only as the soil out of which RØSENKØPF has grown its poisonous flora.
"Burning Spirits" opens the LP with bassist Saira Huff's hypnotic bassline. Groove-oriented drum machines are gradually washed over with vocalist Søren Roi's urgently abrasive vocals and live metal percussion reminiscent of primitive industrialists Einstürzende Neubaten or Crash Worship. "Heed," with it's charging drums and crushing guitars sounds appropriately like the fearless summoning of an as-yet-unnamed menacing force while still managing to sound anthemic.
By the time "Troth" kicks in with its psychedelic overtones, the ever-increasing tempos evoke the ecstatic qualities of religious ceremony and carnal sexuality. Throughout the closing track, delicate synthesizers float atop more impatient rhythms and unwelcoming textures as moments of sonic violence are severely punctuated by pressure-inducing, almost ruthlessly patient restraint.
Taken as a whole, RØSENKØPF is a debut remarkable for its ability to conjure atmospheres that might have provocative names like "apocalyptic optimism" or "brooding grace." It's a darkly focused pandemonium of resistance that names no enemy. Instead, they paint its face and rally around its effigy.
1. Burning Spirits
2. Human Løve Song
6. Light The Way
Vinyl 2xLP version includes digital download drop card.
FOR FANS OF : Rock, post-punk, metal, industrial/noise.
It's been said before that Stanley Kubrick seemed like a classical composer who created films instead -- that the images played out more like arias and overtures than a matinee movie. The inverse of that is probably the only way to approach Selenelion, the debut LP from Vaura.
Less a collection of songs and more like an expedition into an elegantly foreboding universe, the eleven tracks that comprise the latest release from Wierd Records sound as if they were each crafted to evoke unearthly scenery and monolithic events. From harsh distortion and aggressive screams to cold and shimmering clean guitars and vocals, the spectrum of sound on Selenelion is both varied and atmospherically cohesive.
Thunderous drums, droning synthesizers, percussive metals, acoustic guitars, and vocal arrangements that sometimes approach ritualistic plainchant recall artists like Ulver and Swans. Vaura's particular blend of brutality and romantic melodicism can be attributed in part to the stylistic mesh of musicians: Kevin Hufnagel, Toby Driver, Joshua Strawn, and Charlie Schmid also play in Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, and Religious to Damn.
Selenelion was recorded and mixed by Colin Marston of progressive black metallists Krallice, and signals a nod for Wierd Records to the roots of founder Pieter Schoolwerth who is also member of the seminal noise outfit Bloodyminded and a continuing supporter of acts like Locrian.
The album title refers to a horizontal lunar eclipse: the moment at which the sun and the eclipsed moon can be seen at the same time. With song titles referencing everything from an Etruscan demoness to a Luciferian take on the conversion of St. Paul, and with artwork by the German photographer Alexander Binder, the unifying thread is an unmistakable sense of shadow-drenched enigma. "Drachma" refers to the coins that bought passage for the dead into the underworld, suggesting that everything following that track is part of an Orpheus-like journey.
But repeated nods to the occult literature of Jorge Luis Borges, in particular to "The Aleph" and "The Zahir," two stories that deal with infinity and vision, suggest that beyond the the dark hallucinations there is also a serious meditation taking place on the limits and paradoxes of seeing.
Approaching such subject matter by way of something as invisible and intangible as music, Vaura invites the listener to share in a visceral, yet intimate ceremony of sensuality and destruction.
3. The Emanation
6. Obsidian Damascene Sun
7. Uncreated Light (Transfiguration)
8. The Column's Vein
11. The Zahir
Xeno & Oaklander create a universe where technology is beautifully timeless, where electricity pulses with vigor and effortless finesse.
1. Sets & Lights
2. Years Before
1. Autumn's Edge
2. The Staircase
3. Desert Rose
4. Open Walls