Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Artpop/Pop, Alternative/Indie | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 158 / 3-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Beta-Lactan Ring | Autor: BSV
Years ago, The Legendary Pink Dots had already played their way into a niche of their own from which they could no longer get out. The quirky and at times dazzling pop of Edward Ka-Spel, The Silverman and their comrades-in-arms had long since been put aside. Now the British usually construct electronic soundscapes, underpinned by difficult rhythms that rarely go beyond a leisurely tempo, and with Ka-Spel's fragile recitative. "Code Noir" follows this concept in every detail. A few guitars are added, some drums. Usually the different keyboard sounds of The Silverman shape the overall sound. As interesting and exciting as these sounds may be, the Dots unfortunately don't succeed in producing really catchy grooves or hooklines. "Code Noir" is just too introverted. It's almost claustrophobic, a kind of soul striptease. It's excellent that way. The simultaneously limited edition album "The Gethsemane Option" is more rhythmic and direct, but its sounds are not so unusual.
Top track: Ascension 3