Music Reviews



Aug 25 2005
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Artist: LUNAR
Title: Turbo
Format: CD
Label: Moonleerecords (@)
Rated: *****
Some years ago a couple of friends of mine after a short tour with their own band told me they' had played with some interesting bands, one of these bands was Lunar. After several tour in Europe and a release on belgian Delboy label I'm glad I can finally hear one of their releases, I can't say if that's the best band of the Moonlee lot, but without any doubt is the one I prefer. Indie rock, I've had the hitch to write post-rock but at last that's indie rock, it's instrumental music mainly but there are some (poppy) vocals, melody makes the rules on this cd and the band is completely focussed on it. When somebody speaks about relaxing music, here it is, what I call relaxing music: indie-emo-rock with reminiscences of Constellation, the sound of the best emo rock from the 90s and there's a Mogweyan feeling even if thanks to god this' not another arpeggio-based combo (ok, they have those slow heart-breaking arpeggios but they're alive and kicking and not booooooring as many others). Sometimes the architecture of the song is completely sacrificed for the sake of melody and for good! The big mistake of many bands is they don't have the strength and the patience to work on arrangements. A good record and a good identity card for Lunar.
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Artist: ANALENA (@)
Title: Carbon based
Format: CD
Label: Moonleerecords (@)
Rated: *****
Analena plays really melodical, once it would have been labeled emo-core, now it's "emo-rock", not unlike many bands that made it on Mtv. The sound is good, the female vocals reminded me of Dahlia Seed (for those who are old enough), the music is a good cocktail of rock, pop-punk, emo based on solid guitars female and male vocals in balance between screamo and melody, here we could say that the result is not that far from the english emo wave of the 90s (Tribute, Spy vs Spy, Schema, Baby Harp Seal) but somewhere else it sounded like the best Reitziger and Fine Before You Came. There's a thick production and I dare everybody to say this bands comes from Europe; there's also a big american feeling in the ten songs of this cd. Sometimes their songwriting is chained to the cliches of the genre, but after all they do it really well therefore: why no?!. Some songs are potential hit for the indie-punk market and if you are into this style, you sure won't be disappointed. I imagine live they can enkindle since some of their riffery is catchy. Indie rockers and the rest of the world have discovered some bands from the punk scene, this could be another good surprise...but just for the aficionados of this genre.