Music Reviews

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Distant Noises
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Other Voices Records
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
'Other Voices Records' is a Russia based, independent record label dedicated to releasing works by 'ambitious and creative artists from the past, present and future'.
So when I first played the 'Distant Noises - A Cold Wave Compendium' compilation, I knew it was going to be a special release. The compilation brings together fourteen artists from nine countries, offering a diverse, sound palette ranging from analogue synthpop to minimal darkwave, from post-punk 80s new wave, to pure electronic bliss.
What impressed me the most, while playing the album over and over again, is that it was really difficult for me to choose a song that i liked 'the most'. That is always an indication - to me at least - of exceptional high quality of the songs, especially when listening to a compilation with many different and, i would say, unusual sounds and styles. The songs share an underlying melancholy, and a retro quality, that makes them blend together beautifully, while the emotionally charged darker melodies and vocal deliveries make, listening to this compilation, a memorable experience.
Whenever i listen to compilation albums i always try to see that certain 'passion' for the music, that would make it stand out from the rest! It is evident here! From the carefully selected songs, and the expertly mastered sound to the black and white emblematic artwork.
It is a very highly recommended compilation and it is available for FREE on Bandcamp!

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