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ECIM

Cul De Sac

 

Post Rock/Math rock

2.63 | 9 ratings

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chamberry
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3 stars 4 stars for CAN fans.

Cul De Sac are a band with a clear influence from Krautrock specially the band Can. Right from the start of the album, "Death Kit Train", you know the band has its toes dipped in Can goodness. The influence can at times be a little too much, but really, it isn't a problem unless you know Can and do not enjoy them. For fans of Can this would be like their reincarnation in the 90's, but a tiny bit more varied.

Even though the band is in the post-rock genre, there aren't any characteristics from the genre that can be spotted. One of the reasons is that it's still 1992 which means that the whole post-rock boom didn't quite exploded yet and that they first started as a Krautrock inspired band and then, as time passed, they grew out of it and went into a more post-rock sounding band (this is solely biased on the two albums I own from them, "Ecim" and "Crashes to Light...").

Their sound is playful and energetic with repetitive pounding drums and bass lines. The guitar and keyboard add their playful and varied themes in their sound. In one song you're in the middle of the ocean and in the next you're listening to a theme song for ancient Egypt, so it has a good variety of themes. One of the songs that particularly stood out for me was "Song to the Siren" which is the only song that has vocals (yes, the album is instrumental although they sometimes babble, mumble, chant and other non-lyrical stuff), and what lovely vocals they are! It's quite emotional, but still staying away from being serious. We can't leave out their psychedelic sound. The keyboard player often makes trippy effects adding a nice touch to their sound and making the album more exciting, enjoyable and fun to listen to specially for fans of krautrock and psychedelic rock which is what this review is more directed at.

For Can fans this is definitely a worthy listen and you won't be disappointed with this album, the same goes for psychedelic fans.

chamberry | 3/5 |

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