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NORTHERN VALENTINE - Fin de siècle - CD - Silber Records - 2012

review by: Roberto Martinelli

Fin de siecle has bits of pleasant drift and melodic drone bliss, but it’s the coldly dissonant and jaggedly austere bits that drag it down into unpleasant territories. And really, even at its mellifluous best, Northern Valentine’s latest is middle-of-the-road in sound and composition. Though the album is being pitched to you if you like Sigur Rós, Windy and Carl, or Godspeed You Black Emperor!, in reality that seems more like grasping at straws as, barring the exceptional release that stands out as the black sheep amongst what is the accepted sonic representation of that artist’s main body of work (like Sigur Rós’ dark ambient-leaning Von) what you’d think people would like about any of those three more noted bands would not be represented here. (4/10)

 

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