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PERDITION CITY - MUSIC TO AN INTERIOR FILM

Ulver

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.93 | 190 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Listening to "Perdition City" is like taking a journey through the streets of a city at night. The electronic beat with lots of atmosphere, augmented with piano and sax help create a dark mood as we explore the city. And that really is what makes this album so rewarding, the search, seeing and hearing new things, especially when it seems like there is little going on.

"Lost In Moments" opens with heavy drums and electronics before it settles down quickly to an eerie calm. Sax comes in followed by piano and spoken words. A beat returns after 2 minutes with some sax. Some vocals with sax and piano after 5 1/2 minutes. Spoken words a minute later and a heavy beat ends it. "Porn Piece Or The Scars Of Cold Kisses" opens with piano and lots of atmosphere. We start to get a beat. Electronics after 2 1/2 minutes. Piano and vocals 4 minutes in. "Hallways Of Always" is lead by piano and a beat early. A heavier, louder beat takes over 2 minutes in. It settles with piano 3 1/2 minutes in. The beat is back a minute later. "Tomorrow Never Knows" opens with some atmosphere and piano as a beat with electronics comes in and starts to build. It gets heavier after 3 minutes, but calms down to end it.

"The Future Sound Of Music" opens with electronics as piano joins in. This sounds really good. Synths come in around 3 minutes as the previous soundscape fades away. It kicks back in though before 4 minutes even heavier than before. "We Are The Dead" is experimental and atmospheric as spoken words come in. This is haunting as it blends into "Dead City Centres". The experimental and eerie sounds continue. The song comes to life 4 minutes in with a beat and sax. Spoken words 5 minutes in sound like the narration out of a Batman movie or something, piano a minute later. "Catalept" opens with violins and a beat. Great sound throughout. "Nowhere / Catastrophe" is the most melodic track on the cd, it's almost bright. Vocals and piano with electronics and a beat lead the way. Even some guitar after 4 minutes.

Not for everyone that's for sure, but I really like what they've created here. This is music for the mind.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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