Black Moon EmpireMusic • CD
25/09/2011, Chris KONINGS
This split EP contains work from two postrock bands, both well known in the genre. Mooncake are four guys from Russia, making a name for themselves without playing live. They did however share stages with Caspian, Explosions In The Sky and God Is An Astronaut. The other band is Collapse Under The Empire and they hail from Germany. They are only two and started making soundscapes for screen productions, but eventually this took them in the postrock direction.
Both bands make music that sends you travelling in their lunar landscape, but C.U.T.E. does this with a heavier sound than their Russian counterparts. Both Mooncake songs create an appealing atmosphere with catchy and emotional melodies but ultimately, they fail to drag you along on their mission. Turquoise just feels too clean and deliberate, Novorossiysk 1968 does manage to break through these boundaries and results in an esotheric and compelling song.
C.U.T.E. does a better job here by not trying so hard to convince us but by making some very fluent and heavy postrock songs, just like Mogwai or Motek do. So if you prefer lighter sounds then you might be better off with Mooncake.
The first song tries to blend these two distinctly different sounds into one and the result is rather poor. A short and lightfooted song that never comes close to the other ones on the EP. These bands might have a bright future ahead of them but still have a long way to go. Well as far as there is a bright future in music, that is...
MASS • Labour Of Love
SUICIDAL ROMANCE • Whisper Goodbye
SEVERE ILLUSION • Clear Head
ALAN G. PARKER • Young Flesh Required (Growing Up With The Sex Pistols)
SOCIAL AMBITIONS • Commandments
MARTYN BATES/TROUM • To A Child Dancing In The Wind
VARIOUS ARTISTS • The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP
DIARY OF DREAMS • Ego:X
MONOLITH • The Inner Core
AUTODAFEH • re:lectro [electronic music for body and mind]
Same genre: POST ROCK
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX • Ellengæng
MOGWAI • Every Country's Sun
ALESKA • Aleska
WINTER DUST • Thresholds
CHOK TOW NATION • (S/T)
GLERAKUR • Can't You Wait
THORN 1 • The Leave of Leaves
COLLAPSE.REBUILD • Fallen Again, Fallen Better
GRIMBERGEN • The Passing Of Time
MELANIE DE BIASIO • Blackened Cities