…it must be said that Crossing Border must take great credit for highlighting left-field Dutch talent. It’s important, and well, I find it unbelievable that outside of say Noorderslag no other major ‘national’ festival really does it, especially when there is a real renaissance in Dutch underground music…
Dark, Gothick and magnificent. If you like this sort of dark folk/drone release, it’s indispensible.
think Fripp, Will Sergeant’s Themes from Grind or the slower moments in Schultze’s Black Dance and you’re almost there
Also, it is on this track that Mtungwazi gives it the full Shirley Bassey and it seems somehow inappropriate given that is based around the life of Guantanemo Bay inmate Bisher Al-Rawi.
But combine said heavy guitars with his slap bass and dance music and what do have? Electro-metal-jazz, and if anyone thinks that is accessible they are, quite frankly, off their chump.
It was whilst listening to the harpsichord of Young Eucharists that something hit me – the album reminds me of the recently reformed (still?) mid-nineties band My Life Story.
It’s music in a defiantly minor key – in this day and age when every member of every band can play instruments you’ve never even heard of, The New Year keep it simple.
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I don’t know where Skeletons are from but if it’s not New York I would be very, very surprised.
There are bloody strings, daft tempo changes, and the suggestion that things could erupt into a camp-fest if we’re not careful.
Two pretty geeky looking guys took to the stage, one a gangly NHS glasses-wearing drummer and the other who – compared to his band’s album cover – looked pretty much like he had been to the barbers this very day.