Feverdreamt – Melantant (CD Album – Blackjack Illuminist Records)
Genre/Influences: Electro, experimental, krautrock.
Background/Info: Feverdreamt is one of the numerous projects set up by Alexander Leonard Donat. He’s mainly recognized for his work under the Vlimmer moniker, but he’s also running the label Blackjack Illuminist. “Melantant” is the second album from Feverdreamt and has been inspired by a pure dystopian concept.
Content: The album is totally unique. It’s not really possible to define the style of music, but it clearly brings different influences together with on top a rather theatrical way of singing. It sometimes makes me think of the male version of Nina Hagen singing. Music-wise the tracks are driven by slow cadences or broken rhythms, the work have something minimal featuring cold electronic treatments. But I also noticed a kind of cabaret-approach and even a few songs in the final part reminding me of Von Magnet.
+ + + : The least I can say is that this is for sure the most original project and record I’ve been invited to hear by Alexander Leonard Donat. The global sound approach is worthy of examination and pretty original as well. I prefer some of the tracks in the last part of the work and especially refer to “Badj Zachfan”, “Fon Teyn La” and “A Yun”. The particular way of singing really matches with the creative sound approach.
– – – : I noticed a few cuts, which are a bit too experimental-minded for my taste (like “Saeuk”).
Conclusion: Feverdreamt resulted from a real creative process and makes me think of music, which would be perfectly fitting to some special live performances.
Best songs: to “Badj Zachfan”, “Fon Teyn La”, “A Yun”, “Parsque”.
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