Feel It BreakMusic • CD
Dark Wave • Minimal • New wave
26/06/2011, Dimitri CAUVEREN
"It’s not like the longtime vocalist and producer makes Anton LaVey references or has an austere demeanor. Quite the opposite. But on Feel it Break, Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf have crafted a dark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs; an album harkening back to the sleazier side of New Wave, but still deeply rooted in Stelmanis’s classical and operatic upbringing".
I didn't write this, but it's how Domino (Austra’s label) put it in their biography and frankly I don’t know any other way to do it myself. My first thought was something similar: this is a dark and danceable album, heavy but uplifting, a sombre cloud with a silver lining etc…..
How can a girl this young write such dark lyrics and at the same time disguise them as merely simple pop ditties?
Put Feel It Break into the CD-player (or on the turntable, for the vinyl devotees) and hear echoes of contemporary singers as Zola Jesus, Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine), Karin Dreijer (The Knife, Fever Ray) or even a folky-like Amy MacDonald, but also Siouxsie and Kate Bush. Musically, the album is a perfect mix of danceable wave, hovering somewhere between minimal and electro, and dark uplifting lyrics. An album that sounds goth without being it, and thus can be played perfectly on the radio. Not unlike Karin Dreijer's solo-outing as Fever Ray actually.
Those still not convinced, should first give the singles "Beat And The Pulse" and "Lose It" a listen, the first a sombre but uplifting hypnotic song, while the second sounds like a cheerful sing-a-long, but make no mistake, the lyrics are as dark as the darkest of night.
In short, a record that should be both in the cabinet of the (minimal) wave record collector and the case of the DJ.
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THIS MORN' OMINA • L'unification Des Forces Opposantes
DREAM AFFAIR • Endless Days
TECH NOMADER • Domotica
BLUE STAHLI • Blue Stahli
ATTRITION • demonstro 1981 - 1986
GIRLS NAMES • Dead to me
FINK • Perfect Darkness
TUNES OF DAWN • Goodbye cruel world
HYDRONE • Confusion
Same genre: DARK WAVE
THIS VALE OF TEARS • This Vale Of Tears
KILL SHELTER • Asylum
BALVANERA • Courses of Action
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE • Fascination
DIRK DA DAVO • King Of Fools
MOVMENT • Transformation
ANTHONY JONES • Farewell To Flesh
THIS ETERNAL DECAY • Silence
OCTOLAB • Mystery Park
AIMAPROJECT • Di AimA Il Segno
Same genre: MINIMAL
PARADOX OBSCUR • Intercourse
THE ULTIMATE DREAMERS • Live Happily While Waiting For Death
RADERKRAFT • Dust & Debris
THE RORSCHACH GARDEN • Dangerous Isolation Site
ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL • A New Dawn
NICHOLAS LENS & NICK CAVE • L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S
MARTIN L. GORE • The Third Chimpanzee E.P.
STURM CAFE • Fernes Land
SYNTET • Hjärtats slag
RUE OBERKAMPF • Negativraum
Same genre: NEW WAVE
A SLICE OF LIFE • Tabula Rasa
DIRK DA DAVO • The Unreal
ADULT. • Becoming Undone
MICHAEL ZODOROZNY • Other Side
DE DELVERS • Hart in neonlicht
CAWATANA • In The Silver Light (7')
SHE HATES EMOTIONS • See The Light (Single)
HYSTÉRIE • Deuil
DAGEIST • Sexy
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here