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ZOAR: Clouds Without Water

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 02 2003
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Artist: ZOAR (@)
Title: Clouds Without Water
Format: CD
Label: Middle Pillar (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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I have to admit that this is the first time I have the occasion of listening to a Zoar's album and it's a shame I did it only with their third album. Why? Because this CD is awesome and the atmosphere they are able to produce is really absorbing. Their use of cellos, noises and synth layers is catching and the construction of the songs is like a soundtrack which is capable to involve the listener totally. For this album the trio involved an incredible amount of inspired guests: Matt Johnson of The The on vocals of "Our Way Of Life" (a track inspired by In Blood Orchid author, Charles Bowden, who describes with Old Testament fury and twentieth-century anguish the state of the American spirit as the long, bloody century draws to a close), Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance on vocals for "Winter Wind" plus vocals, bass and sagat on "Wakeworld", Julie Comparini on vocals on most of the remainig tracks and Ker Rich with the masai people of lake Natron (Tanzania) on vocals on "The Coming Anarchy", "Ashes Falling". Other collaborators have been: Tony Levin, Charles Bowden and Paul Shipper. The tracks seem to function as a soundtrack to the text written on the booklet and they are absolutely functional, giving to the listener a wide range of emotions. If you, like me, never listened to this band don't go any further with this mistake and take your copy now. It's worth it!

BETIKA: Heads Smashed In By The Boy/Girl Thing

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Mar 27 2003
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Artist: BETIKA
Title: Heads Smashed In By The Boy/Girl Thing
Format: CD
Label: Superglider (@)
When I was sixteen my brother used to listen to bands such as Pastels, Yeah Yeah Noh, Shop Assistants, Soup Dragons and there was an interesting compilation released by Cherry Red titled "Pillow And Prayers" which gathered bands like: Marine Girls (the first Tracey Thorn's band), Ben Watt (who at the same time teamed with Tracey to form Everything But The Girls), The Nightingales, etc. At that time there were labels like Subway or Creation that were exploring the ground of indie pop or pop wave. It seemed that new wave was dismissing his punk origins just to explore the pop fields, bringing his dark and intimistic vein to new sounds. The acoustic songs of Betika bring me back to those sounds being kinda sad and warm at the same time. At first the band sound included alternative rock textures, samples and other stuff, but due the difficulty of bringing all this on their live shows, they opted for a minimal approach and stripped the music down to a bare skeleton. After the debut as a duo, Dave Purse and Carolyn Evans, met on their path Matt Shaw of Tex La Homa and Chris Reed who shortly decided to join the band. With this line up they recorded the tracks of HEADS SMASHED IN BY THE BOY/GIRL THING, record that saw the light on 2001. Superglider decided to reissue it adding two new songs "Which Way Will I Go" and "Hunting With Dogs". For those of you that already own the six tracks MLP these songs are available to download from the labels website as mp3 files. For those of you who'd like to get the reissue, you won't wait that long, because it will be released at the end of April.

SANCHO PANZA: Ball O' String

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Mar 15 2003
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Artist: SANCHO PANZA
Title: Ball O' String
Format: 7"
Label: Superglider (@)
Really intimistic and touching "Ball O' String" is the first band's single. Everything about this single is particular: the atmosphere, the hand painted cover of each of the 500 copies and first of all you'll notice a sense of unbeatable melancholy while listening. Sancho Panza is a new project of Paul Hanford from Brother In Sound and it's like a collective featuring also Russel Kemp and Matt Shaw. Even if vocals recalled me Psychedelic Furs the music hasn't goth nothing to do with that band. "Ball O' String" is a calm song with a beautiful melody but it's in the background that weidness is taking form as you can find: samples of various nature, a trumpet, a chorus that made me think of the 60's lounge records and so on. "Nuts In May" instead is like an acoustic field recording where you've got to switch the sounds soming from mother nature with guitars and echoed light noises (it may be a treated snare drum). I'll try to explain the thing the best way I can: listening to this song I had the sensation that it wasn't exactly a song (even if it's structured like a song and it has got vocal parts and some improvisations), it was like the natural sound I had to listen while looking to the single's painting of the cover. It was like being in a different space/time. Senses go, you loose your attention and you let it flow...

ANTIQUE: Book One

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Mar 05 2003
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Artist: ANTIQUE
Title: Book One
Format: CD
Label: Trostlos (@)
Antique formed in Canada back in year 2000 and produced a demo titled "Inception the year after. The same year they moved to Munich and they started to work on the project that later become BOOK ONE. Fascinated by soundscapes and dramatic artistic forms the band composed the eight songs of the BOOK ONE's two chapters. Being close to the gothic and metal scene the band mixed together the elements that they felt sympathetic with. In this way they created almost one hour of sick atmospheres done with few sounds: piano, violin and drums during the introductions and into the introspective moments and the usual guitar, bass and drums set on the remaining ones. Another peculiarity are the vocals that pass from the goth style to the metal (almost black) one, underlining in this way the emotional moments. Sometimes the song's structure is a little dispersive and the sounds mismatch but if we talk about the final effect, for sure Antique created a good blend that remember sometimes the first Christian Death and bands like Sopor Aeternus. If I may give an advice, I'd use more sounds and atmospheres if not the listener could lost the attention with long suites based pricipally on the dark vein of the tracks.

REASON COMES RUNNING: DARKROOM UNITY

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Feb 19 2003
Artist: REASON COMES RUNNING (@)
Title: DARKROOM UNITY
Format: CD
Label: Voodoo Manor (@)
Distributor: MP3
Every year new bands are form and REASON COMES RUNNING is one of the modern ones to date. This gothic/industrial duo based out of Arizona is consists of Cat Ide-lyrics/vocalist/synths; and Chuck Den-Baars-vocalist/drums/electronic drum fx/synths. Their very first six song ep release"Darkroom Unity" has gotten my undivided attention fully. So many times I've listened to the cd over and over and over again and still hook on it. And I just can't stop playing it. I like the way Cat sings. Her voice puuurrrrrfectly blends with the music. The album have female/male vocals, but Cat sings more than her other half. And it is a good idea to have her upfront and in control. "Austrian Room" starts off the disc. This song is real catchy. It talks about a person who commits suicide. And after the trigger from the gun been pulled, he/she has realized what they've done after figuring out it's not the solution to the problem they been facing until it's too late. On "Daylight," Cat takes a stab on relationships. To make the picture transparent by explaining it with a brief sense, the song is about trusting the one you truly love. But the one you truly love betrays you. Everything you see in that person is nothing but an 'illusion.' Another favorite of mine is "Dark Angel," which talks about a woman who's having a crush on a guy she sees. Basically, the some of the songs on the cd is based on Cat's personal feelings, experiences, and other people she knows who told her their drama life story. RCR music have an 80's feel, but an original unique sound of their own. This ep is totally magnificent and you can buy it from the MP3 company. If you buy the cd, it features a bonus track called "Vespers." A song about grief and have a haunting feel. That's seven awesome tracks in all with a dance and solitude thinking feel. Buy the cd. NOW!!!!!!

My interview with Cat Ide will appear in the next issue of Underground Access. To reserve a FREE copy, e-mail me your address privately. This is one kick-ass interview you don't want to miss reading. It's like watching VH1: BEHIND THE MUSIC!


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