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.
The English dark-rock quartet Pamphlet released the AA side single persistence / my mother didn’t raise a mess today.
persistence flies through the speakers with a rumbling bass / drum combination that tests the anchorage of the building while the guitars play to distinct and counter-point ideas- one a heavy thrubbing of fuzz the other a wailing alarum that minds of a disturbed murmuration of birds while the vocal gives the piece a feeling of forlorn isolation.
my mother didn’t raise a mess has a very different texture to the sound with a breezier pace accompanied by greater distortion with the effect of welding the elements as though a conjoined unit while the half-spoken vocals is given prominence with its ever more distraught temper – creating a sense of every greater panic.
Although Pamphlet have begun to established a live presence, there is little recorded material, word does however arrive of an EP planned for release later in the year and certainly something I am looking forward to hearing.
persistence / my mother didn’t raise a mess is available on bandcamp.
The dark-rock, Germany based, trio EWIAN will be releasing the LP Heart Crash Boom Bang on the 3rd of March.
EWIAN – Heart Crash Boom Bang – artwork
Radioactive Star, the first of the ten tracks on the album is a foreboding cloud of smoke which drifts through the room leaving the listener surrounded by a feeling of melancholia from which they don’t wish to escape and a fine introduction to the ensuing roughly thirty six minutes of the following nine compositions.