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Review from Project15 (22-10-2003)
- A Creative Process in Minor
First impression is said to be the most important, but I don't know, what band starts the record with the best song? Well Unease does since all songs are the best.
Patrik Lark (words, graphics) and Tommy (vocal, words, instruments). Two
guys from the dark heart of Stockholm which have started a project rather
than a band, say they play a combination of synth/rock and I agree on
that but would also like to go a little bit further and say 70th-rock/synth
with those nice guitar hooks and that husky/dirty/
When you listen to the lyrics you will hear how gloomy, serious and obvious the words are. It is darkness and bored souls the lyrics are all about. The exception is track four (Last Page) which is about love, the sad version but still the best text on this record.
The songs have in common that they all go kind of slowly forward in a nice groovy way, no rush through the songs, it is just nice. I decided already from the start not to review all eight tracks thoroughly but focusing on the first four which are in my opinion the best ones. The first song (Train Away) starts with a nice guitar hook and rolls on with a strong refrain. In the next song (Beyond the Trivial) the synthesizers come more to the foreground with lots of nice melodies and basslines. Also this refrain is again very nice and strong. The third track (Drowned in Doubts) is dark, the text is raw and the song feels good in a naked way. The fourth song (Last Page) which is an electronica-ballad, is the record's highlight, the words are excellent and unusually light. The strong points of this demo are above all the lyrics and the superb vocals, most notable in Last Page. Parallels could obviously be made to bands like Depeche Mode, the darkness of Cat Rapes Dog feels close and some of the dirty feeling from the Strokes is precious in certain songs.
Good record, just simply good.