CURRENT REVIEWS
Elizabeth Aubrey
The Battles
C
The Chamber Strings
The Ex
Foetus
Fontanelle
Monstre
Rollerball
Rosa Chance Well
Señor Coconut
VA: Charm (Soundtrack)
VA: Rarewerks
Wow and Flutter
REVIEWS | FEATURES | DEPARTMENTS | BOOMBOX | PODCAST | MISC
SEARCH:
click above to return to review index
dep
C
Dep
Minority

click for Real Audio Sound Clip

Buy it at Insound!


More math-rocky goodness, please! At first I was afraid this was going to be seven excruciating tracks of Eastern European electronic dance music. Actually, it was only one and a half tracks of electronic dance music and five and a half surprisingly good, angular post-hardcore ones.

"Strictly Rhythm", the second track, is a kick-ass instrumental powerhouse which -- you guessed it -- is totally dominated by rhythmic themes. Jerky and a bit dissonant, itís a sonic thesis on exploded mathcore. Thereís a softer side to Cís instrumentalism, too, particularly in "Plekt-Room", where bubbles of dreamscape and a really groovy bass line are woven into the linear guitars.

The danciest track on the album is "Bristol Connection", which is a weird jazz-funk breakdown. What saved the song for me was the interesting drum syncopation in the background. With the spoken words of MC JD thrown into the mix, the song reminded me of something I heard in a Poetry Slam documentary a couple of years ago. Fortunately, this approach is the exception rather than the rule on dep. The EP ends on a high note with the churning chaos of "C Stopped the Clock". Although the song starts slowly, it ends with a subtle churn of guitars and a round-robin of creepy voiceovers.

I think itís pretty cool that this is coming out of the Czech Republic. As an insulated Westerner, I have no idea what the music scene is like over there, but C could just as easily have been a Jade Tree or Thrill Jockey band.

-- Alex Zorn
It's back! Splendid's daily e-mail update will keep you up to date on our latest reviews and articles. Subscribe now!
Your e-mail address:    
REVIEWS | FEATURES | DEPARTMENTS | BOOMBOX | PODCAST | MISC
SEARCH:
All content ©1996 - 2011 Splendid WebMedia. Content may not be reproduced without the publisher's permission.