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Blue Deers : A little low dry garret

I have to say I'm pleased; Im pleased to discover Trazeroeuno, a small Italian label that promotes underground Doom Metal. I'm pleased to discover a band: Blue Deers, that, although it doesn't precisely fit in the Doom drawer, develops at least enough melodic, atmospheric, dark bluesy landscapes to be called a cousin of the genre we defend in these pages. I'm also pleased to discover a label that does its band a favour by emphasizing its first impact and presenting the CD in a really gorgeous packaging: a cardboard sleeve artistically folded and adorned with a refined design. When encountering a band you know nothing about, this greatly helps to make the introduction easier.

Well, what we have here is what I could call Post Rock. The music is mostly instrumental. However it is rather some weird, twisted Post Rock that borrows its moody inflexions to trance inducing shamanic traditional songs as well as to a groovy hypnotic form of jazz. Its evolutive, progressive, full of detours, of whining guitars, of brassy drums, whirling piano lines, monochromatic mumbling voice, squeaking electronic effects. In a word: strange. In two words: brilliant and fascinating. The thing is, that's hardly a music you can listen to. You hear it, it fills the sonic space you are moving in, but it's too demanding, too subtle, too rich maybe to become the centre of your attention. Typing this review while listening to the album doesn't however prevent me from enjoying the circumvolutions of the musical pattern, the clever gently cascading leads, the soft lathering drumming, and the twinkling electronics. This is aerial and dreamy. The musicianship is perfect although, as I said, it sometimes resembles more a collection of moments, of musical ideas, randomly jotted down together rather than songs. The musicianship is beyond reproach but the songwriting lacks focus. But again, this is hardly a negative point as the motivation, I guess, is elsewhere: somewhere between the daydreaming that the moods on display bring and sheer and cold admiration for the work accomplished.

Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Etyope
2. ...and red and black mud
3. sha naqba imuru *
4. Diane
5. Genista
6. Les rats doran (lt) *
7. H

3. He who saw the deep
6. Rats of Oran (the summer)

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes.

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Reviewed on 30-06-2009 by Bertrand marchal
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