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Morthem Vlade Art
Slow Wave Sleep: Retrospective 1998-2002
Luminal Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
At the start of each song on this album, I tend to think, "cool modern synthesizers." But by the middle of the song, I also think, "David Bowie?" It's a nasty contrast - one can tell that Morthem Vlade Art is trying to sound new, futuristic and timeless, but they end up being stuck in the 80s.

Perhaps this is accidental. The lyrics were originally written in French, and they're sung in a jaded, artsy accent with a few words that are mispronounced. Furthermore, at their core, songs like "Counter Canter" and "Endless Dream" even employ simple chord progressions and riffs reminiscent of 80s rock.

Slow Wave Sleep is compiled from selections from the band's first three albums; most of are hit or miss. Some songs drown in distorted angst and revelry ("Almadiva", "Spirits") and some are just a little cheesy ("The Jealous Well", "Cortege II"), but a few songs do show genuine innovation.

"Splendor In the Grass" and "Cream" blur the line between crunchy rock and alienating industrial music. In both of them, heady rock riffs are infused with heavy beats and synthesizers gone awry. "Crimson Lung" is simply amazing: following two minutes of disparate beeps and bleeps, unlikely elements suddenly meld into a warm, unified chorus of robots. It resembles a soothing soul within a dying machine.

Morthem Vlade Art uses exquisite electronic equipment in order to sound grittier, and they're quite good at laying down shards of melody and deconstructed beats. At best, they portray a fascinating, angst-filled vision of the future. All too often, though, the music isn't as interesting as the production techniques it's wrapped up in.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
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