Monday, December 10, 2012

Album: Nadja - Dagdrøm

Band: Nadja
Album: Dagdrøm
Label: Broken Spine
Year: 2012

01. One Sense Alone
02. Falling Out Of Your Head
03. Dagdrøm
04. Space Time & Absence

Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. The duo makes music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegazer, & doom metal.

Dagdrøm contains four tracks that average 11 minutes each, and though they're presented as discrete pieces, each is similar in mood and execution, and each plays off the one before it as a variation on the same foreboding theme. "Falling Out of Your Head" effectively chops the riff of "One Sense Alone" in half and doubles the tension, leading a Spiderland-stark lurch to an accelerated, increasingly punishing climax; the title track immediately resumes the in-the-red onslaught, but gradually winds down, reducing its once-imposing refrain to expose the tranquil melody underpinning it. It's followed by the closing "Space Time & Absence", a song that likewise showcases Nadja's sonic extremities, but on an evermore epic scale: McNeilly's (the Jesus Lizard) galloping, tribal beat propels the song into a gargantuan groove, before yielding to a hushed, drawn-out comedown that keeps threatening to erupt once again, like a horror-movie villain that just won't stay dead. And therein lies the key to Dagdrøm's daunting mystique: You're never really sure if what you're hearing is the calm before the storm or the storm before the calm.


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