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EXPLODED VIEW – Self Titled Album Review

exploded-viewFronted by German/Bristol political- journalist-turned-musician/singer Anika, Exploded View have released an album that takes on the mantle of Siouxsie and the Banshees 2016 style. The first track is the incredibly eerie Lost Illusions, a song dominated by Anika’s vocals and some ambient backing track propelled by a cymbal infused beat.  One Too Many introduces keyboards and some discordant guitar and slowly eats its way into your soul.

The album was recorded straight to tape in Mexico City capturing a live feel and it sounds very fresh. Orlando moves to a faster beat (although that is relative as most of these tracks are slow) and the synth creates a Joy Division feel. Again, Anitas’ vocals feature front and center and are a perfect front for the music.

Call on the Gods brings the guitar out whilst Disco Glove seriously speeds up the drumming behind feedback and spoken vocals. Each track is very different than the others and this is driven home by the melodic and beautiful Stand Your Ground.

No More Parties in the Attic has a Krautrock/Kraftwerk vibe and can be compared to the more experimental side of PiL. Exploded View have released a truly different and innovative album that shows a very versatile set of musicians creating something new. There is some Portishead as well as the aforementioned bands to their sound and this is evident on the excellent Gimme Something.

The album closes with the almost six minute haunting epic, Killjoy. You can check the band out live in the UK in August:-

18th-21st August – Green Man Festival, Wales, UK

23rd August – The Shacklewell Arms, London, UK

 


 
For fans of can, dub, and political revolution, Exploded View can be found here http://explodedviewband.tumblr.com/

 

Stumpy – Punk Online

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