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Artist: SKELETAL FAMILY (@)
Title: Sakura
Format: CD
Label: Gepek
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
The first album of the Skeletal Family reincarnation opens up with the convincing dissonant melodies of "Faithless whore" (where sometimes the guitar melody recall me some Black Flag tunes). With this new album titled SAKURA the band found, after their disband, a new life with three original member a new drummer and a new vocalist (Claire, ex Smack Dolly). The twelve tracks pay their dues to post punk but the new Skeletal Family musically aren’t a direct emanation of the old band, as they fortunately present twelve new songs full of pathos and even if sometimes vocals don’t sound perfect, they are spontaneous into their urge to communicate. Into the track list there’s also space for two slow tracks, "Waiting" and the atmospheric "Alive again", which with its six minutes length gathers moments of tension with new wave romantic intuitions with piano, violin, and rock instruments. The album into its entirety sounds genuine and spontaneous and it doesn’t matter if sometimes it sounds raw. Overproduction isn’t what is in need here, we need passion, good tunes and sweat. Check also their version of Iggy Pop’s "Nightclubbing", it sounds like a demo divertissement but it is interesting and it sounds fresh, mixing the sax, the guitar distorted 70s solos and the drunk rock’n’roll piano. Check also "Delirium" , a track that goth lovers will dig dancing, following its Arabian melodies.



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