Between Parallel Lights
This Italian duo emerges once again with their third album of psychadelic post-punk music.
The band has been touring all over Europe and so remains busy, yet during that time they've managed to pull together ten of these intensely dark and moody tracks for this album.
As with their previous work, the music is intense in the vein of extreme reverb with heavy synths and psychadelic guitars over the driving drums. As a full album it still suffers a bit from the monotonous structures in vocals and the intense guitars, yet the overall mood on each piece is great if you pick them apart and digest them one at a time. The soaring guitars remain a favorite element in and of themselves, yet over time across ten tracks they can start to grate on the nerves. The intense, pulsating synthesizers remain the solid foundation for the album as the tribal drums move the music along from one piece to the next.
Throughout the album a few pieces stand out a bit and have been featured on our radio show for fans to enjoy. While the pulsating synths of "Inland" start off great, the warped guitars and monotone vocals start to grind you down a bit. As we drift on to "Shatter", the more melodic structure breaks it up a bit and the intensity only slowly picks up as the track moves along. Yet as we get to "Directions", we arrive at one of those stand-out tracks that captures the attention a bit more, again with the heavily layered synths taking the prominent role on this piece while the guitars become more of an accent, or in this case an exclamation point on the overall song structure. The album carries on with this mix of synths, driving tribal drums and psychadelic soaring guitar through out one piece after the next. The variety in the song structure between pieces breaks it up just enough for the listener to maintain their sanity. The intensity on some pieces is great depending on the mood you're in and overall I think the band has really created a unique and recognizable sound for themselves that comes out strong on this album. "Fury" pours on the intensity with the percussion and "Silver Veins" replaces the psychadelic guitar in the forefront with powerful synths that ring out and give the Cold Wave genre whole new meaning on this piece with the intense reverb on the vocals and backing tracks. The album shifts back to the classic structures of tribal drums and soaring guitars on the closing piece "Wall", bringing it all together full circle.
Once again a good album in the genre with a lot of unique characteristics. As I listen to selections presented on our radio show they mix well and are great pieces. But to sit through all ten tracks in one sitting is a bit intense for me unless I'm in a mood to really do so. Fans of the heavy reverb found in shoegaze, various related noise projects and dark and intense cold wave bands will enjoy this album. For us it's a nice addition to our collection and great to present as a nice accent to our related artists in the genre.
Dream For The Fall - Review
Having been introduced to this band some time ago, we've received tracks here and there from their past releases which we've enjoyed on our radio shows. In 2014 the band pulled together their 2nd full-length album which we introduce here.
The album comes packed with their hypnotic style of cold wave and post punk music across eight powerful tracks.
As I've been listening to the various tracks from this band I get visions of Mike VanPortfleet of Lycia
playing his soaring guitars alongside The Cure
circa the Porgnography
album era with female vocals. This mixture is a great mix that fans of all the classic post punk bands can really enjoy. The band has even covered "A Forest" with their trademark style of heavy synths with the layered soaring guitars with female vocals all mixed together while sitting in an echo chamber. The reverb comes out strong on each track yet the heavy beat moves everything along nicely so it doesn't drift off into a psychadelic trip, but remains grounded in the cold wave and post punk roots.
The album does come across with a homogenous style, not varying much except in pace or intensity a bit. The vocals end up being a bit monotonous as well on certain tracks (ie. "Star Rex"), but overall the album shines as a real gem in this genre. A few pieces stand out from the others and while still representing the band and album well, these are the selections that we enjoy on our radio shows. "Crystallized" kicks off the album and sets the tone for the rest of the work with all of the aforementioned key elements that comprise the songs from this band on this album. "Deep Metals" brings on the heavy percussion which is a nice touch on this piece to help give a little variety and keep the music moving. The synths on a few of the tracks bring out a bit more of a melodic style breaking the monotone a bit on "Triangle" and later adding just a nice touch on "Lower Lovers". "Neon" is a great selection to close the album with the heavy pulsating synths and percussion for a nice finale to the album.
In summary it's a great album in this genre. It may not be the most melodic or creative, but definitely grounded in their foundational style and sound. Individual tracks on our radio show are a great addition and an interesting change, while maybe listening to much of their catalog in a single sitting might get a bit monotonous.