Introspective singer combines gothic folk with grand post-rock
Fifty Shades of grey? Child’s play for the British musician A.A. Williams, who paints darkness in a thousand colors. Williams’ album As The Moon Rests, released last year, is proof that still waters run deep: with gothic whisper folk on the last of label mate Marissa Nadler, she slowly drags her listener towards theatrical piano work and grand guitar walls. Her collaboration with the Japanese post-rock band MONO, a show at the chosen Roadburn and an album full of covers by Nick Cave, The Cure and Nine Inch Nails, among others, make it clear that Williams has now become one of the most developed stars in the heavy starry sky.
Ismena from Utrecht is a melancholic, dark indie band that relies on the melancholy sound of singer-songwriter Ismena Goossens. The intimate, poignant lyrics in combination with the raw sounds and Ismena’s high and soft voice, bring a special layering to the songs. With dreamy, melancholy songs that deal with themes such as death, society and the usefulness of existence, the band tries to hold up a mirror to its audience. Instead of bombast and guitar walls, Ismena opts for subtle sounds in which surprising twists and turns are never far away. The band from Utrecht not only impresses with beautiful sounds and very appealing vocals, but also with songs that always sound slightly different and that stand out due to a special mix of catchy and accessible elements and musical adventure.
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