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    Bambara – “Shadow On Everything” – [Wharf Cat Records]

     

    Shadow on Everything is the latest from Brooklyn post-punk noise makers Bambara and is their followup to the more raw and tight sounding 2015 effort Swarm. Shadow can be succinctly described a modern take on all things Birthday Party and its numerous offspring. Upon first listen, I was struck by the similarity to Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s 1987 release Tender Prey with its long meandering intro track The Mercy Seat. Western Goth themes of nooses, damsels, and skulls pervade from begining to end. Reid Bateh’s vocal stylings have smoothed out since Swarm which complements the more polished feel of this release. A noteworthy and original element of Shadow is the extensive use of ambient tape loops to successfuly create background texture that enhances the aura of foreboding. The track Backyard (11) nicely incorporates complimentary female vocals by Lyzi Wakefield. While the inspiration of their Australian forefathers may be a little too obvious to make this an overwhelming once in a lifetime release, this is still a strong effort. Should appeal to a wide swath but especially those who enjoy noisy goth tinged post-punk.

     

    Note: Tracks 4 and 7 are instrumental atmospheric tracks that are short and quite strong
    musically.

  • Reviewed by Jim Hunter on May 3, 2018 at 7:20 am
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  • Siekiera – “Nowa Aleksandria” – [Sonic]

    Poland’s Siekiera released this “cold wave with a twist” LP in 1986. Long considered a
    post-punk classic by those in the know, this angry moody release mirrors the frustration
    Polish youth must have experienced while living under the watchful eye of a historically
    oppressive regime. While Nowa A caries a nihilistic and apathetic vibe that runs paralell
    to several western european musical contemporaries, the albums appeal to a non Polish
    listenership is enhanced by Thomas Adamski’s haunting vocals sung in the vernacular of
    his home country. The most obvious musical influence here is early Killing Joke. However,
    elements of mid 80’s French cold  wave and hints of 4AD goth punk epitomized by Xmal
    Deutschland’s 1983 release Fetisch provide additional inspiration. Angular guitar stylings
    and a taut rhythm section combine with synthesizers and vocals that coalesce into a novel
    sonic signature that is unmistakably distinct from their musical influences. Unfortunately,
    Siekiera was never able to garner widespread interest outside of Poland in the years
    since ( excepting neighboring Germany where interest in Siekiera and this album in
    particular has always been high ). This long overdue addition to the
    KFJC library should have wide appeal.

     

    Note: Tracks 10-14 are bonus tracks from a 1985 EP and 7 inch. Tracks 1, 4 and 12 are my
    favorites though all tracks are strong. Track 10 is an instrumental. The word Siekiera is
    pronounced SEE-CARA and not surprisingly means axe in Polish.

     

  • Reviewed by Jim Hunter on April 27, 2018 at 8:38 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Love of The Farthest – “Providing Water and Drought” – [Utech Records]

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    Typical of what one would expect from Utech. Dronish ambient music that is tame overall with a few hints of darkness. Lots of layering and subtle changes. Thankfully, no annoying metal “throat” vocals. The adjective shimmering has been used frequently to describe this elusive artists work. Upon first listen I thought of Michael Gira’s solo project the Body Lovers and the heavy drone elements of the Hafler Trios early work. Track 4 is the strongest and clocks in at 15 minutes in length

  • Reviewed by Jim Hunter on May 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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