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LIBEREZ - All Tense Now Lax - CD - Night School Records - 2015
This latest release by the England based Liberez
is one of the most impressive collages we've heard in the Eletronic/Industrial/Post-Rock
The album comprises finely crafted electro-acoustic numbers, split into two
sections ("Of Milk," which includes the first seven tracks, and
"Of Blood," which is the final track). While these benefit from a certain
repetitive angle that hooks you up as a listener, there is also a vague
narrative that takes you places.
Take, for example, "Grease The Axles": it
starts with gentle bells, and builds on what sounds like a piano line of a
dreamscape nature, with machinery gradually gushing as further buildup, while
covering a sampled female voice; and it all eventually feels and sounds like a
discordant symphony for stringed instruments.
"Subotica," which follows the aforementioned track, incorporates a
more rhythmic element into that pseudo symphonic notion; serving to demonstrate
just how creative this outfit is.
There is a strange hymnal quality to the pieces - and this is one quality
you certainly do not expect to be found in dark, noisy pieces such as the ones
here; but it is here. With no lyrics or clean melodic lines, numbers like
"How Much For Your Brother" or "Stop
Your Breathing," which is filled with interesting to mesmerizing sounds,
manage to make you feel like you are listening to a song.
The closing, six minute "Of Blood" benefits from a slower vibe and
a semi-crescendo development - from dry beats to a low key song drenched in
atmospheric yet concrete sound; alluding to the same feel of a symphony we
mentioned earlier while conflicting it with pits (kind of like a heaven and
hell battle). (9.2/10)
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