Genre/Influences: Wave-pop, shoegaze, post-punk.
Background/Info: Hermetic Delight is a French band operating from Strasbourg. They’re already active for a couple of years now and released their debut album “Universe Like Thousands Of Red Alternatives” in 2011 followed by a couple of EP’s. “Vow” is a new EP, which is more a mini-album featuring 7 songs.
Content: “Vow” is a composition covering different grounds while revealing intriguing and sometimes scary atmospheres. I think it could have been the right soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides”. The shoegaze and dark wave-pop music is totally appropriated to this kind of dark theme.
There’s a constant moody and desperate feeling emerging from the songs, which musically evoke some 4AD bands. The somewhat shimmering female vocals are totally appropriated to this kind of music. The work also covers a somewhat post-punk feeling.
+ + + : I like the global atmosphere hanging over this work, which has something desperate and with a strong visual appeal. The guitar playing is really impressive for the global emotive aspect.
– – – : A few tracks don’t add any bonus and feel a bit like there’s much more potential in the composition that what came out of it.
Conclusion: “Vow” is an interesting view of French inspired shoegaze music and which will definitely remind you of good souvenirs from the late 80s. This is an enlightening piece of darkness.
Best songs: Marian”, “Circles”.
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