RELEASE DATE: 20/01/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Berlin based post-gazers ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’ released their self titled eleven track debut album back on the 20th of January 2016 to little or no fanfare? With a sound that traverses the very edges of 90’s alt-rock and 80’s post-punk but also has its foundations buried firmly within the hazy early days of the first wave of shoegazers ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’ collectively create stunning layered reverberating soundscapes that build intensely throughout each verse and soar impressively when required throughout every single chorus break. The band are made up of Bastian Stein – Guitar & Vocals, Markus Mocydlarz – Guitar & Vocals, Angy Lord – Keyboards and Sara Neidorf – Drums. Their self titled debut album is available to buy digitally or on cassette & vinyl right now via the bands bandcamp page www.nomouth.bandcamp.com
The albums opening track ‘Paint’ is beautifully melodic and musically doffs its cap to that early 90’s shoegazing sound with shimmering guitars, addictive drum patterns and a hushed vocal line that helps to keep the overall sound mysterious in quality, leaving the listener wanting more. It explodes through the chorus progressions, soaring blissfully through layered reverberating walls of luscious duel guitars. ‘Paint’ is by far my favourite track on this entire release. Track two ‘Drowning’ has a distinct post-punk edge reminiscent of early ‘Cure’ but with a shimmering bright reverb induced hue whilst ‘PKD’ leans more towards alt-rock with its powerful noisy guitars, swirling around those pounding drums, driving bass line and the steading tones of the acoustic guitars. I’m a bit confused with the vocals here though? They seem out of place to me? Anyway moving on, ‘Shadow’ instills some melody into proceedings and it builds from its opening chord progressions. The hushed vocal tones have returned and all is well with the world as the sparse verse progressions make way for the shimmering layered chorus parts.
The rumbling noisy sound waves of ‘Classic Rock Song’ heralds the arrival of a wonderfully structured track. There’s a lot going on within its swirling innards as we’re treated to a blissful droning maelstrom of sound gently caressing that impressive vocal line. Up next, ‘Bridges Behind’ is a stunning track. Driving drums, melodic bass progressions and screaming guitars charge through the sonic ether, carving a noticeable path for those addictive synth lines to melt into with ease. ‘Forth Wall’ screams noisy, layered shoegaze that’s impressively infused with a serine post-punk style bass line and another immense lead break whilst track eight ‘Careless Talk’ slows proceedings down. It simmers on a wave of throbbing bass progressions, sparse percussion & intense guitars as we’re treated to another impressive vocal performance. Euphoric synth swells announce the arrival of track nine. The sampled robotic voices add atmosphere as ‘Colonial Law’ ambles into the sonic arena leading us nicely into this albums penultimate track, the impressively experimental ‘Void’. Theres a hint of psych rock streaming through this tracks veins as it opens up into droning guitars and throbbing bass lines coupled with those pounding drums and sporadic tambourine hits. The vocal swirls within a sea of shimmering reverb.
The albums closing track is a sprawling melodic ball of noise that spins a protective web around that impressive vocal line. The intensely atmospheric ‘YLT’ ends what is an impressive debut album from this equally impressive Berlin based post-gazing four piece. Recommended listening!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.