Music Reviews

Artist: Råhypnos (@)
Title: Do We Want It?
Format: CD
Label: Heptown Records (@)
Rated: *****
Råhypnos is a darkwave band from Gothenburg, Sweden, consisting of Nadja Virgé and Pablo Rautenberg formed in 2015. Their debut was a self-titled EP in 2016. Both members sing and likely play all the instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keys) on the album although there are no individual credits. Something about the songs and their delivery reminds me of the more commercial side of The Swans, although one could hard call The Swans commercial; perhaps just the more accessible side of their music. Although there are other aspects that might be comparable to other (more darkwave) bands, it's just the way these two work together that reminds me of Gira and Jarboe. Granted, Råhypnos is generally less abrasive and depressive, but I think if Gira and Jarboe had stuck together they might have ended up sounding something like this. So with that in mind, I think Råhypnos sounds a bit more American than Nordic, although there are practically no American bands doing music like this now. Even Pablo's vocals have a sort of flat midwestern ring to them. Nadja's voice is strictly Euro though. (Sometimes reminds me of Claudia Brücken.) It's hard to pick a standout track on 'Do We Want It?' because it's one of those albums that has a certain flow to it and all the songs work well together in something like a song cycle. Brooding and melancholy but not hopeless, and brief with only 10 tracks at 32 minutes total. It way take a few listens to really get into, but worth putting the time in to do so.

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