Raven Starblood

September 25, 2013

Jim Strange with The Proud and The Damned - Pox Americana (2013)

I would never have imagined to fall again for gothic rock but Jim Strange gathers the best of it and actually plays (with his very proud and damned good band) a much larger soundscape than this narrow category could let you imagine. As the title says, there's an americana fragrance in it. Of course, amateurs of the early 80's classic English approach of the genre will immediately scream of pleasure (or pain which is more in line with their vision of felicity) with the post-Bowie vocal style that was so typical of the genre and the dark echo sonor atmosphere that all the lovers of morbidity like me can't help to cherish. They're from Portland and carry fiercely the burning torch of a music that has finally never ceased to live since the early sixties in varied incarnations. Not a bad or even weak song on it. The 8 are instant classics and it's hard to listen to something else when you discovered it. Without hesitation the album that will feed this sad Autumn with some consolation. Moreover, they give it for free on their bandcamp here. Don't miss this gem.

September 14, 2013

Vulva - Krüppel EP (2013)

Months I haven't listened to doom or anything affiliated (Dylan and Neil Young make my days, actually I don't listen much to music). Yesterday, I visited the left linked-blogs in search of something that still talk to me in this "genre". After a numerous of trials and errors attempts, I suddenly knew I had found relevant music after the first minute of "Sucker" (the first of this 4-track EP). This German band could be classified in the post-Pelican/Omega Massif wave but they have their style and they make me fly over the load of shit my present life is. Thanks to them, few in this "so-loved style in the past" can still do. Hope they'll go on for a long time. Their bandcamp link here. You can buy a solid version of this EP. Good news. Moreover I love the front cover sleeve. And it's rare.