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09/12/2015 : VITA NOCTIS - No Place For You

VITA NOCTIS

No Place For You

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MinimalSynthpop

[93/100]   

Daft Records
09/12/2015, Didier BECU

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Vita Noctis (Latin for night life) is perhaps only known among true music fanatics, but this band from Vilvoorde (Belgium) released two tapes at the very beginning of the 80s. Later, in 1986, an EP with five songs was released, but after a few performances, the trio (Kris and Jos Kips and Martine Genyn) disappeared from the musical radar. 

Even though the musical adventure just lasted two years, the releases of Vita Noctis became collectors items at insanely high prices. Minimal Maximal released in collaboration with Dark Entries Records already released all their songs on vinyl. They themselves came up with a CD-single last year on which Chesko of Der Klinke was featured, and now there is (believe it or not) a brand new CD on Daft Records (the label of Dirk Ivens).

Vita Noctis does not try, like many other hip bands, to come up with a forced 80s sound, as the sound you hear on No Place For You is simply Vita Noctis (anno 2015 Kris and Martine): sublime minimal wave with a high content of melancholy.

Both Dirk and Eric Van Wonterghem collaborated on the album, which you immediately hear. Explosive, full of energy and songs that are (well) real songs. No fillers, but 12 great minimal tracks beg to be classified as new wave classics after a few listenings. At the last minute, and totally unexpected, a contender for the list of the ten best of 2015!

Didier BECU
09/12/2015


NL

Vita Noctis (Latijn voor nachtleven) is misschien alleen bij de echte muziekfanaten bekend, maar deze groep uit Vilvoorde nam in het begin van de jaren 80 met tweedehandse instrumenten twee tapes op. Er verscheen later in 1986 nog een ep met daarop vijf nummers, er werden een paar optredens gespeeld en dan verdween het trio (Kris en Jos Kips en Martine Genyn) van de muzikale radar. Ook al duurde het muzikale avontuur amper twee jaar, werd Vita Noctis een groep wier platen collectors werden waarvoor waanzinnig hoge prijzen werden gevraagd. Minimal Maximal bracht in samenwerking met Dark Entries Records al hun songs samen op vinyl uit. Zelf brachten ze verleden jaar een cd-single uit waarop ook Chesko van Der Klinke meewerkte, en nu is er (geloof het of niet) op Daft Records (het label van Dirk Ivens) een gloednieuwe cd.

Vita Noctis probeert niet zoals vele hippe groepjes geforceerd 80s te klinken, het geluid dat je op No Place For You hoort is gewoon Vita Noctis (anno 2015 Kris en Martine) zoals ze zijn: sublieme minimal wave met een hoog melancholiegehalte.

Aan het geluid werkten zowel Dirk als Eric Van Wonterghem mee, en dat hoor je meteen. Explosief, vol energie en met songs waarover goed is nagedacht. Geen opvullertjes, wel 12 degelijke minimal tracks die elk op hun beurt na een paar beluisteringen smeken om tot newwaveklassieker te worden omgedoopt. Op de valreep, en totaal onverwacht, een mededinger voor het lijstje van de beste tien van 2015!

Didier BECU
09/12/2015


 

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