Reviews: indie x

indie (indie / (post)rock / pop / lofi / shoegaze)

Bravery, The – S/T

The new wave-revival which was started a year or three ago, seems to be far from over. You don’t hear me complain, because I can’t get enough of this stuff. Especially if it results in groups like The Bravery from America. While for instance Franz Ferdinand and The Killers are rather guitar-oriented, this formation around singer Sam Endicott uses a more danceable approach…

Carlo Spera & Stereonoise – Sto Correndo

Carlo Spera & Stereonoise is a project started by Carlos Porr? in 2003 aiming to create music that is not anchored in time, but can be listened to in the future as well. To reach this, the trio behind this project merges many different musical styles into a sound that is like a strange kind of electronic jazz…

Wolf Eyes – Burned Mind

After releasing a mass of tapes, LPs, CDs and CD-Rs over the years primarily through band members’ own Hanson Records/American Tapes, Burned Mind is Wolf Eyes’ first full-length on the Sup Pop label.

Musically, the three Wolf Eyes (Young, Dilloway and Olson) are difficult to place…

Indian Jewelry – In Love With Loving

According to the inserts that come with this release the band has played under a lot of other names of which only a few ring a bell. This really doesn’t matter as the music on this 7” makes enough impression on its own. The title track presents Indian Jewelry like a Sonic Youth on LSD and going into shoegazer territory…

Nervous Patterns – Nervous Patterns

Nervous Patterns is a project related to Lost Sounds. This cd is a very diverse piece of lo-fi post-punk and indie rock music. So, sort of in the vein of Lost Sounds. ‘Pictures On My Wall’ could have been a Lou Barlow song and ‘Robot’s On The Loose’ would have fitted on the first album by The Breeders…

Heart of Snow – Endure or More

Before Swann Danger became Swann Danger, the band was called Heart of Snow. Instead of a duo the band consisted of four members and instead of a drummachine there was a real live drummer involved. Swann Danger was a logical continuation of Heart of Snow. Both bands have a clear early Siouxsie post-punk sound. Only Heart of Snow played faster and more fierce…

Revue Noir – The Revue Noir Single

Dark cabaretesque music has become in vogue since the Dresden Dolls. Perhaps Revue Noir is jumping on that bandwagon, but that’s no grave concern, because this type of music stands in a long tradition, from Kurt Weill to Nico. Somewhere between moody pop, rock, cabaret and singer-songwriters. Typical for Revue Noir are the smokey, low vocals of Nicki Jaine, who also plays piano and guitar…

Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone

The second single taken of Antony’s succesful album “I am a bird now”. ‘Hope There’s Someone’ is the opening track of the album, it’s a very sensitive ballad. The mood is intimate, sacred almost, which is enhanced by the lyrical content (“Hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me when I die, when I go”)…

Autumn`s Grey Solace – Riverine

Clear guitars and a bright female voice enter my room when I put on “Riverine”, the third album by Autumn’s Grey Solace from Florida. No keyboards or synths were used on this record, so the booklet explicitly states. The duo Scott Ferell (guitar, rhythms) and Erin Welton (vocals) don’t need electronic means to build up a tremendous amount of atmosphere…

Tattoed Boy from Birkenhead – Gliss EP

Seconds after I started the ‘Gliss Ep’ from the Belgian formation Tattoed boy from Birkenhead, my room began to change. At first I was sitting on an ugly leather couch, watching empty white walls in a small student dorm, wide awake with a nasty shiver down my spine…

Techix – Monosymphonic

A very pleasant surprise is this debut cd of Techix. Techix is a one-man-project formed in 2001 by Justin Jones. The spine of the music is Jones’ skilled violin performance on every track. It’s clear that Jones has been attending an art’s institute and an orchestra, since he sounds as if he’s really mastering his instrument…

Sigur Rós – Ba ba ti ki di do

‘Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do’ is the latest Sigur Ròs material. Sigur Ròs (‘Victory Rose’) is just one of those ‘indie’ groups that can’t go by unnoticed. They gained worldwide attention after their second album released in 2000, called ‘Agætis byrjun’. A while after that first global success, they released the highly atmospheric album ‘( )’…

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band – Horses in the sky

‘They put angels in the electric chair’ sings Efrim mournfully on the first track of the new Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band record, called ‘Horses in the sky’. Cynically as ever, the track is called ‘God bless our dead marines’, undoubtedly a reference to the situation in Iraq…

New Order – Waiting For The Sirens’ Call

New Order gets a lot of media attention at the moment. Because of their album, because of related news like the upcoming Ian Curtis movie and also because of the many contemporary bands inspired by 80’s postpunk and new wave music. New Order will always be compared to their past creations. I just try to enjoy their new album, without expecting a new ‘Blue Monday’…

Jasmin – 01

The music of Jasmin can be described as guitar post rock. Their “EP01” was originally released in 2001 by Rotesonne Records. It was recently reissued by 12rec from Bochum, which is a good thing, because the music is very worthwhile. The band is new for me, though I encountered the name of Alexander Peterhaensel (percussion, electronics) before…

Lorna – Static Patterns and Souvenirs

When I had a bad flu last week, one of the few albums I could endure was this latest creation by Lorna. “Static Patterns and Souvenirs” is the second album by this Nottingham group and contains just the soothing sounds I needed to accompany me in my fever. Because this record is released by Words on Music, I expected a musical treatment somewhere between shoegaze and indie pop…

Von Iva – Von Iva

This band fits in somewhere with Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes. Von Iva plays riot grrrl inspired (punk) rock. The band is less post-punk orientated and more grungy then Veronica Lipgloss. What stands out in the sound of the band are the warm soul/bluesy vocals. This gives the band a sound of their own. But, I also think this aspect is something not everybody will like…

Antony and the Johnsons – I am a bird now

Following the single ‘The Lake’ comes the second album of Antony and the Johnsons. Quite a lot has changed since his debut album in 2000 on World Serpent. Then an obscure cult act, discovered by Current 93’s David Tibet, now gradually becoming a quite well-known phenomenon, embraced by people like Lou Reed…

Dada Swing – Cut, cut, cut…

This cd by Dada Swing is a weird record for sure. Think of (post-)punk and no-wave somewhat in the vein of Chicks on Speed and The Moldy Peaches.

Naevus – Perfection is a Progress

Though the English group Naevus is usually associated with the neofolk scene, you can not give their latest album “Perfection is a process” that label very easily. Naevus’ influences seem to be even more widespread than in the past, except dark folk you can hear dark pop/rock, industrial and postpunk elements…