KSUA 91.5 Notes: The Silicon Veil, Hundred Waters and METZ reviewed
Brady Gross/Sun Star Contributor
November 6, 2012
Artist: Susanne Sundfor
Album: The Silicon Veil
I’m not sure what it is about Northern Europe. Maybe it’s the fact that a lot of their governments fund the arts or the fact that they have incredible health care systems so everyone is distinctly beautiful. Whatever the reason, the amount of genuine great music from Northern Europe is unparalleled to the crap-pot we often see here in the states. Folding genres into little packages that resemble rubric cubes is a normal affair. Susanne pleasantly croons over electronic and orchestral symphonies that don’t make the likely pair in writing. With confounding lyrics about gunplay, killers and personal vendettas, you wonder who burned her and how she still holds such a loaded beautiful voice. Wherever the ambition is coming from, Susanne does a great job of committing to the subject matter and intertwining it into complicated scopes of emotive snyth-pop.
Essential Tracks: “White Foxes,” “The Silicone Veil” and “Among Us”
Artist: Hundred Waters
Album: Hundred Waters
Well there’s something to be said about surprises. They are only fulfilling when truly genuine. I say that, because Hundred Waters is evidence to that sentiment. Every song takes what you thought is one sound, and gives it 16 others to process. Seemingly just to hold that ‘surprise’ longer and longer than ever expected. This lets Hundred Waters paint soundscapes that are cohesive, tightly orchestrated and still manages to pull in experimental nuances. Making beautiful music with ornate percussion and woodwinds, without the oppression of using them classically, is absolutely indulgent and rewarding. Electronic quirkiness flows in and out of tracks with ease and allows the best of folk to still shine while not being pigeonholed into a genre that tends to attract only a certain audience.
Essential Tracks: “Caverns,” “· · · — — — · · ·” and “Visitor”
A return to distorted guitar work and ambitious flagrant screams, invokes a messy love for noise often forgotten in the electronic dabbling in this digital age of music. METZ could really give a rat’s ass if your fancy snyth or drum-pad can make some ‘neat’ sounds. Drums, guitars and persistent vocal strain are again proving to be all it takes to be effective. Blasting through one track to the next with an abandon completely unhinged is something that takes practice. Performing crap noise rock is easy. METZ effectually hones hours upon hours of repetition to produce noise that sounds like a mess. But in all actuality is a pristine nod towards everything that makes punk rock great and is a feat completely deserved and unseen these days. METZ successfully brings the excitement of seeing a band live, and conveys that on record perfectly.
Essential Tracks: “Rats,” “Wet Blanket” and “Headache”
Brady Gross is the Music Director at KSUA. You can read more music reviews at ksuaradio.com.