Monday, 24 February 2014

DROWNED SESSION - EP REVIEW

Drowned Session - Horses EP 
Drowned Session - Horses EP

Release Date: 24th March 2014

Ready for a bit of dark folk rock music all the way from Copenhagen? I thought so. Four piece Drowned Session are ready to present their new EP and proceedings get underway with the optimistically named 'Everything Slowly Disappears', a late night, cigarette smoke infused piece of piano focused music that even Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen might baulk at for being a little on the morose side of things. 'Stalingrad' is up next and could easily be the follow up to Aqua's 'Barbie Girl'....if Aqua had spent the period following their success reading bleak, historical literature and deciding on a change of direction to create the kind of music you would expect to hear as the apocalypse inevitably approaches along the horizon.

Continuing the upbeat theme, 'Horses, Despair' makes use of some subtle instrumentation and an almost military rhythm mixed with a wild west feel to create the perfect foil for the dead eyed, cold blooded vocals that snarl out of the speakers. 'Evening Waltz' should, on the face of it, be a more chirpy sounding tune, but the subdued opening melody and sparse instrumentation make this more of a death dance in Hell's ballroom. This five track EP finishes up with 'The Goddess', an epic of over five minutes that appeals to my love of the darker side of music and takes its time to reveal its true self like a demonic creature slowly emerging from the shadows. The fact that Drowned Session can make a banjo sound like an approaching axe murderer and every drum beat sound like the footsteps of a mass murderer is a talent, undeniably, but if I was one of their parents I might encourage them to take up Tennis or Badminton as well just to balance that personality out a bit.....just in case.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/DrownedSession


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