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Chandelle - Review

After a short introduction to this new project alongside Fragile with their joint split EP, it's a pleasure to have this excellent debut album. Chandelle This excellent project sees two electronic artists Manix S. from the electro-industrial band Pail and Salva Maine from the future-pop project Culture Kultu¨r pick up acoustic instruments and produce an excellent version of neo-folk. On this debut album we're presented with eleven excellent tracks for a great, full album.

The album starts off strong with "Ray Of Moon" which radiates talent and raw emotion through the strumming guitars, melodic strings and other layered elements for a strong style and sound. Salva's solid vocals take the thought-provoking lyrics deep into the listener's soul, stirring deep emotions, holding the listener captivated for the duration of the album. It's impossible to touch on every piece in detail, however after listening to the album several times a few favorites really stand out. "Annual" follows close behind with a much more somber feeling while still maintaining a level of instensity with the layered acoustic guitar and beautiful cello and other instruments. A definite highlight for me is finally hearing Salva sing in Spanish on this touching piece. In addition to spanish, we're also presented with selections in German, English and even Basque. Each language even carries it's own emotion and feeling related to the story and history that goes along with each track. On some we're presented with somber, melodic spanish guitar and others we get a bombastic taste of martial industrial providing a very dynamic approach on each track as well as across the entire album for some great diversity.

As the album moves along we're presented with more stellar selections across these diverse styles. "Pathways" has quickly become a favorite with it's lilting rhythm and soft acoustic soundscapes and somber, yet instense moods. The strumming guitars continue on as we progress from song and story to story bringing us to the deep feelings on "Six AM" with it's intense chorus to the liberating nature of "Freedom". This latter track is also another excellent favorite as we put aside the strumming guitar but rather are presented with the melodic plucking over the intense, mesmerizing sounds of the various stringed instruments (cello, etc.) and the sound of waves crashing. The heavy piano punctuates this track as the instense vocals reach down in to the listener's soul to bring out the suppressed feelings and emotions we hold deep inside as the percussion kicks in and finally brings it all to a close. "Edificios Ano´nimos" includes that same moody guitar while we're also presented with accordion and another piece featuring the poetic spanish vocals and lyrics as we slowly fade into the finale of the album "Gernika". This dark martial track brings the album to a close in all it's heavy, war-torn sounds for a dark and brooding ending to an excellent album.

Though I've highlighted a few selections above, I think most listeners will enjoy every minute of this mesmerizing album. While we won't all understand the underlying story and references across all tracks, the lyrics are such we can get an overall feel for the feelings, thoughts, emotions and points to be made. This is a great new album for fans of various styles of neo-folk to really enjoy, don't hesitate to pick it up.

Rating: 4.5/5



Website: www.harbelex.com
Label: Caustic Records

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