Thursday, April 10, 2014

Кобыла и Трупоглазые Жабы

So, my translator is probably broken as fuck, but the band name here is "Mare and Toads Trupoglazye searched Cesium found late morning Whistling Henna" also known as "Кобыла и Трупоглазые Жабы Искали Цезию, Нашли Поздно Утром Свистящего Хна".

I discovered this group, who knows how, just recently.  So as I said in my Gate write-up, something has to make quite an impact for me to write about it right after hearing it.  And in fact, I've probably only listened to about 15 minutes of this group, but I find it odd, and to my liking.

It's likability comes from a simplicity in the type of music.  Clearly made from a drum machine, simple synthesizers, and a bass guitar sometimes, it's melodies never get overly complex, and ease of the sounds gives the vocals an odd company.  The man behind it, whose first name is Anton (he goes by the nickname "Mare"), definitely has a strong and durable voice, it's riddled with a sort of strength and odd sound that you just don't hear much.

The tracks have an industrial, rhythmic feel, very measured and precise.  This clashes well with the unpredictability of the singer, who is quite sporadic at times.  Other times, it fits right in, keeping time as exactly as the metronome drumbeat.  It's the minimalism, and the vocals that really drew me into this artist.  That and the fact that all of his releases are available for free online.

His only music video is very fun as well, check it out here.

Check out his bandcamp online at:

The first release it defaults to, Саяны, is really good.  I especially like the first and the last track.

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