The US dark-rock band The Deadmen released their eponymous LP yesterday.
The Deadmen – eponymous LP
A ten track, roughly thirty six minutes, album (available via Eight Gang Switch) of superlative compositions.
Reflective of the realities of the journey of life with its ups and downs The Deadmen deliver music that has a serious demeanour, which is also able to find lustre in every rise and fall as they provide tracks that contains an impressive songwriting and performance ability. The underlying sombre mood is created through the anchoring of a brooding bass / percussion combination as the guitars tread on emotive melodies whilst the multi-layered vocals soar through the room in captivating harmonies discovering the listener wiping away tears from the corner of the eyes.
Having written all the above of the dour countenance of the LP, there is perhaps some inevitability that my selection from the album would be the the sixth track – the idiosyncratic rocking Crystal – a narrative of drug addiction – that is unlike anything else on the album.
I do advise grabbing hold of the LP and allow yourself plenty of time, in a quiet darkened room, to fully enjoy the album with sharp objects and ropes safely out of reach as the full magnitude of the release seeps in to the marrow-bone.
The Danish dark-rock outfit The Bowdashes are currently putting finishing touches to their début EP.
There is a deep bass, with strings slung so loosely the listener can practically touch them, so necessarily The Bowdashes are immediately on my essential music playlist. The gloomy atmosphere has an inherent beauty in which the audience wants to sell their soul at any-price as the growling just over three minutes of In Control rumbles through the speakers. A deft minor chord change part way through the song adds an unexpected allure and you just know these are a talented duo of musicians.
Already establishing a regular live performance schedule the EP will, with fortune, afford The Bowdashes wider audience and an outfit I look forward to hearing much more of in short order.
The Norway based dark-rock project Sofi Lofi released the LP Nuits de Gala earlier in the month.
Sofi Lofi – Mette Sofie
My apologies to everyone for getting to this late as this has been with me for a few weeks now.
Sofi Lofi more normally perform as a full line up – Nuits de Gala (available on bandcamp) is a solo release by Mette Sofie.
An intense brooding presence that extends for almost thirty five minutes of unrelenting menace through the ten songs, however, the listener is unwilling to take a break from the pressurising waves of ambient darkness. The album is given greater stature by the minimal post-production that allows the tracks to highlight their raw organic oppressive presence. My selection of the album is the fifth song – Restless Sun Breaks The Day.
Word also arrives that the full band are currently breaking some ground towards another LP, I will keep you updated as I am able.