NovecentoMusic • CD
Cold Wave • Minimal • New wave
05/03/2013, Didier BECU
What’s that in 2013? After the excellent new album by Mesh I have the feeling that I have discovered another cd which probably will make it in my top 10 of the year. Right, there are still 10 months to go and it’s true that I’m totally in love with Italian wave, but despite all this: Novecento is an absolute killer.
Already from the opening moody intro Radio Avanguarda you hear that this will be darkwave par excellence. There are those melancholic guitars that are similar to those which are used by Clan Of Xymox on their early recordings. With this in mind you already have to be convinced that Novecento will be a little masterpiece, and no, it’s surely no coincidence that this album is released on Calembour Records, the label from The Frozen Autumn.
Off And On has an irresistible minimal synth-sound which makes you wonder if these guys (and girl) aren’t fans from Absolute Body Control. And if this ain’t enough there’s also a track like Fuochi Fatui which is pure Kirlian Camera and on Stunning Art there’s even some stylish futurepop to be heard, or what about those godlike Cocteau Twins-guitars on Ermione?
You see, we can relate every song to something stunning. Perhaps Hidden Place might not be the most original band around, they definitely choose the best sound.
Fans from The Frozen Autumn will be delighted to know that Froxeanne is doing the vocals on Legendary Divers.
Hidden Place have released a perfect darkwave-album which is produced by Jean-Pierre Mercier by A Handful Of Snowdrops, the cultband that always has been compared with Clan Of Xymox. A fact that says enough.
A band to discover. To be filed under magnificent!
MARTIN KLEID • 8 Lights
LISAWARS • Nichts
PETER BROSENS & JESSICA WOODWORTH • ALTIPLANO
THE EDEN HOUSE • Bad Men (OnTheirWayToDoBadThings) [EP]
LINEA ASPERA • Linea Aspera
GUIDO BELCANTO • Van troubadour tot vlaggenschip van de Nederlandstalige muziek
MESH • Automation Baby
BOBBY MORESCO • 10TH & WOLF
THE JUGGERNAUTS • Phoenix EP
NEBULO • Cardiac
Same combination of genres: COLD WAVE + MINIMAL + NEW WAVE
LUST FOR YOUTH • Growing Seeds
MODERN ART • Circuit Lights 1982-1986
VARIOUS ARTISTS • The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP
PARADE GROUND • The Golden Years
Same genre: COLD WAVE
MOONLIGHT MEADOW • Moonlight Meadow
NAIROD YARG • Nairod Yarg
THE DEVIL & THE UNIVERSE • Endgame 69:
MEAGER BENEFITS • Crawling
MANDIVULA • Nonsens
JESUS LIVES IN VEGAS • Jesus Lives In Vegas
DER KLINKE • Decade
SELOFAN • Vitrioli
WHISPERING SONS • Image
AFTER ABSENCE • Demotape 1
Same genre: MINIMAL
L'AVENIR • Requiem And Live
STAATSEINDE • Dreiheit
RADERKRAFT • Smart Control
SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS • Semiotics Department of Heteronyms
VIOLENCE • Le Flux de la Nature
CONSPIRACY COVEN • Conspiracy Coven
DARK DOOR • Inferno
FACTICE FACTORY • Lines & Parallels
PARADOX OBSCUR • Artifact
IVANKOVA • Ivankovà EP
Same genre: NEW WAVE
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here
A CERTAIN RATIO • ACR-Box
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
JAPAN • Cries And Whispers (1983-1991)
XTC • What Do You Call That Noise?
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES • Juju
SIMI NAH • La Terre est Noire
LIZARD SMILE • Wandering in Mirrors
RITUAL VEIL • Wolf In The Night
CRYING VESSEL • A Beautiful Curse