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Årabrot: Mæsscr

Album Review

Norwegian noise-rockers take a tour of the doldrums

Coming 
just 
a 
year 
after 
the
 excellent
 Solar Anus,
 Årabrot
 return
 with 
an
 EP
 consisting

 of 
a 
couple 
of 
new
 tracks 
and
 covers 
of 
Death 
In
 June 
and 
Lee
 Hazlewood
 songs.
It’s
 described
 by 
the
 band
 as 
‘a 
composition
 dedicated 
to 
human 
misery’,
 which
 isn’t
 far
 off 
what
 you 
get
 with 
the
 EP,
 as
 the 
band
 sound
 resolutely
 unhappy.

It’s 
an
 unhappiness 
only
 slightly
 dispelled 
by
 the
 fact 
that
 the
 vocals
 on 
their
 covers 
of
 Death
 In
 June’s 
In Honour Of Silence and
 Kukuku,
 as 
well
 as
 Lee
 Hazlewood’s 
Pour Man 
are
 wonderfully
 redolent 
of
 Vic
 Reeves 
channelling
 Nick
 Cave
 via
 his 
impression
 of
 a 
club
 singer.


Despite
 that
 happy
 distraction,
 Årabrot
 do
 what they
 intend
 to
 and 
provide
 six
 tracks 
of 
low-key,
 piano-led
 maudlin
 caterwauling.
 Highlight
 of
 the 
album 
is
 The Baron, 
a
 five-minute
 slice
 of
 menacing,
 atmospheric
 sadness
 that 
isn’t
 a
 million 
miles 
away
 from
 Ulver
 circa
 Shadow Of The Sun.
 Whether
 this
 sets 
thing s
up
 for 
the
 next
 full-length
 remains to
 be 
seen,
 but
 for
 now
 it’ll
 definitely
 do.

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