Anatoly Grinberg & Mark Spybey – The Failure Of Language (Album – Ant-Zen)

By Jan 3,2021

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, Cinematographic, Neo-Classic, Glitch.

Format: Digital, Vinyl.

Background/Info: “The Failure Of Language” is the third album of Russian experimentalist Anatoly ‘Tokee’ Grinberg and British pioneer Mark Spybey (Dead Voices On Air ao). It also is their third work in less than two years.

Content: Both artists move on exploring Experimental fields, but are still taking care to achieve more accessible, Cinematographic tracks composed with some Neo-Classic elements. The album takes off a rather dreamy way to move on with a strange and ominous Ambient approach. The most Experimental cuts are driving the listener into reminiscences of Glitch. Sometimes intelligent and sometimes feeling as pure improvisation, this album is for sure the most diversified one from the three. The addition of vocals reinforces the accessibility of the album.

+ + + : Tokee and Grinberg achieved a sophisticated work, but are taking care to obtain a very accessible result. It’s complex and sometimes hard to seize, but still revealing impressive, anguishing atmospheres. “The Innocents Song” is a great piece illustrating the chemistry between both protagonists. “The Sun Roars” is something different, but even more noticeable for the Experimental style merged with a pure Cinematographic style. From all albums I’ve heard from this duo this is without a shadow of a doubt their best one!

– – – : Some Experimental passages are harder to endure and I here refer to a track like “Live Fast”.

Conclusion:         Anatoly Grinberg and Mark Spybey seem to have reached a point where they’re much more than simply a side-project; together they’re a real band!

Best songs: “The Sun Roars”,“The Innocents Song”, “I Am Lost In The Blinding”.

Rate: (7½).


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