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      Veil Of Light
      "Front Teeth"

      Label: Avant! (2017)

      Echoing the visual side, the most intense change to Veil of Light’s music is likely the production quality. One of the (slightly cheesy) gimmicks of M’s process in the past has been that story of him recording music in a bunker near Zurich, and I must say, the sound had fit that mental image rather well. It was grainy, had almost early 90’s black metal levels of lo-fi, the beats hid behind the ghostly gothic guitarwork. In comparison, Front Teeth sounds completely crystal clear, each element is distinguishable from the rest, and the beats are brought upfront, putting the focus on the dancefloor quality of the music. None of this takes anything away from how depressive and gloomy the tracks feel - on the contrary, the bright lights seem to illuminate the very reason coldwave has that particular name. The distance created by the machinegun rhythms and chilling EBM pulsations is a powerful emotional tool, especially combined with the contrast provided by melodic flowing synth passages and dispiriting lyrics. There is quite a number of tracks on here that would work as dancefloor bangers just as well as they would at home. Some of the highlights are the atmospheric “Soul In Ethanol”, “Cut Fingers” with its brilliant playful bassline, and of course the darkest and most ritualistic of them all - “Soft Palate” and “Bridges Of God”, the latter which you can stream exclusively on You Tube.

    dkk 120/eur 16

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