ALBUM REVIEW | Aviaries – Aviaries.


ARTIST: Aviaries

RELEASE: Aviaries 

RELEASE DATE: 13/05/16

RECORD COMPANY: Requiem Records

Aviaries from Wroclaw, Poland make frosty coldwave sounds which conjure dystopian futures, using sounds that have their roots on the embryonic electro of the 80s. The vocals, where there are any, are a dispassionate affair adding to the overall sense of alienation. The post-punk and new wave influences are as clear as ice throughout their self-titled debut album which was released on Requiem Records in May this year.


Pills is a powerful opener, putting big synthy sounds to the fore, while Blindfold adds some squally guitar riffs to the mix. The sparing use of atmospheric synths and flanged guitars work to great effect on the bleak ballad of Wrecks.  Breathe opens with the beat of a dark-edged dance-floor filler, and the melodic guitar line shimmers away like a warm breath on a cold, cold night. There are some different textures on Soil which uses acoustic guitar and a sampled vocal to weave a captivating spell.

Could there be a more aptly-titled track on which to end this album than ‘Cold’? Its portentous opening bars soon transition into a tightly and tastefully woven work of satisfying synthetic fibres.





In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.

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