Album Review

Effi Briest – “Long Shadow” – [Loog Records]

ophelia necro   11/12/2008   A Library

Currently a six piece out of Brooklyn, NY. EFFI BRIEST got their name from a?? 19th century German Novel (later made into a film by Fassbinder) about a teenage girl destined for an arranged marriage who has an affair and ends up ostracized by the society that pushed her into a loveless marriage. That being said this group of extraordinary women each bring their own integral elements into the mix (the songs are created collaboratively from improvised sessions) creating a very full and diverse sound. Elements of many genres are represented:?? post-punk, psych, goth and progressive freak folk. Utilizing Siouxsie-like vocals and a variety of instruments including bass, acoustic guitar, violin, electric guitar, acordion, clarinet and percussion. The original vision for the band was to be an all female noise-rock marching band. The band originally started with 12 members…This is their second single released on the Loog record label out of the U.K.
“Long Shadow” is a song inspired by one of the girl’s childhood experiences having picnics in the cemetery, doing charcoal rubbings of the tombstones, particularly struck by the long shadows cast by the tombstones. The vocals resemble Siouxsie.?? The music is full, streched out (like the tombstones) and has an earthy tribal element.

“Phoenix” is a mythological mash up of Hans Christian Anderson with a little William Blake thrown in. The song starts of in the post-punk vein, changes into heavy psych and gets very gentle in the middle.

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