Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: sink/sink (@)
Title: The Darkest Dark Goes
Format: CD
Label: Feedback Loop (@)
Rated: *****
These New Zealand-based newcomers, made up of songwriter Gareth Schott, "technician" and lyricist Callum Plews and talented singer Kimberly Schulke, delivers an interesting musical declension which could belong to the sub-genre known as "ethereal" by crossing various stylistical grounds such as indie-rock, ambient, post-rock, drone and experimental and showing a remarkable suppleness. In spite of the skull, standing out on their debut's cover artwork, and gothic-mannered title such as "The Darkest Dark Goes", their attitude cannot be associated to necrophiliac or obituary musical ailments, even though they often give voice to some paranoid dizziness and their music sometimes evokes somewhat peremptory tension-driven dramatization. It's not because their first song has been titled "Astronavt", but their opening recalled to my memory a song by almost unknown indie-rock band Transmissionary Six, titled "Rodeo Satellite", imbued with Sigur Ros-like proving dough towards the end and a similar flow has been followed in the final bright reverberations of "Sunset song" where some vocal pitches could let you think about Amiina, but listening will reveal many other surprising moments and influences as well: the track I prefer most, "Place That I Love", sounds quite similar to some recent stuff by Alison Shaw's Cranes, while the post-rock heartbeat and a certain gloomy touch become more recognisable in the noise-steamed "Gursky" - the gradual transmutation of Kim's voice towards darker tones while repeating 'Climb over my fence, take your indifference and save it for myself' is really nice -, whereas some folk-like guitar-driven ballads such as "From the year 1752" infers associations with some nice folk acts like Taxi Taxi!, featuring a similar use of female voice, and there're some occasional references to My Bloody Valentine, Arab Strap, Slowdive and similar sonorities. They're not plagiarist at all, but you know that it's sometimes easier for reviewers - I don't mean those promoters in the semblance of reviewers of course - to search for terms of comparison, but I'm pretty sure this band can develop a more personal sound. Premises are really promising and their freshness will bring them to fill many blank slates with interesting stuff. In the meanwhile, have a listen to this album.