Friday, June 22, 2007

Von Spar "Von Spar"

Artist: Von Spar
Album: Von Spar
Label: Tomlab
Release date: 3 May 2007
Genre: Rock
Style: Krautrock/Doom Metal/Tribal/Experimental

01. Xaxapoya
02. Dead Voices In The Temple Of Error
Total running time: 40' 04"

[Von Spar - Promo Video]

[Von Spar - Recording Sessions]

[Von Spar - Xaxapoya [excerpt] - Live @ Berlin]

"Question: If your opening gambit was a crash course in gritty electro punk that managed to rip the proverbial out of eighties fashionista bands while still managing to sound effortlessly cool, would you a) continue to plough the same furrow especially now that the guitars and synthesisers combo is the sound du jour. Or would you b) start making twenty minute long experimental compositions in thrall to Godspeed You! Black Emporer and Can? Guess what those wacky German’s chose. Curveballs aside, the album yields treasures if you give it room to breathe. Opener Xaxapoya is a multi-layered affair with tribal drums, dissonant chords and an erratic guitar jostling for position. When the swampy crescendo relaxes at about half way, it exposes Kraftwerkian keyboard stabs leading, eventually, to a punk funk workout that sounds like The Rapture on LSD. The second song is of a darker hue, with swampy, disembodied vocals weaving in and out of a mix like an aural rendering of a Goya piece. But there’s laughter ringing in amidst the darkness, as the atmospherics mutate almost imperceptibly into doom metal. It appears the newfound experimental direction hasn’t dulled Von Spar’s ear for the ridiculous. Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour?" [source]


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