Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009, a retrospective pt. 9


Amesoeurs - S/T

Somewhere between Blade Runner's endlessly rainy Los Angeles and Industrial Revolution era Paris lies the cityscape conjured up by Amesoeurs' debut album. The band has created an awe-inspiring mix of post-punk and black metal that utilizes Joy Division basslines and buzzing tremolo riffs with equal proficiency. The vocal duties are handled both by Neige(the guitarist, also of Alcest, and session guitarist for Peste Noire) and Audrey Sylvain(the bassist, also appears on Peste Noire releases). Neige provides shrill shrieks while Audrey alternates between a stunning, richly textured singing voice and the scream of a scorned siren. Amesoeurs describe their sound as "a spit, the only way we have to spew out the anxiety and frustration tied to the difficulties of existence and the pursuit of happiness in our modern society." While the rage and despair of urban existence is a clear influence on their sound, they manage to also invoke the beauty of abandoned lots, of faded messages scrawled in paint on city walls, of dusty windows. This is their true achievement, blending both fury and hope in a striking and original fashion.

Amesoeurs - Heurt

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