Genre/Influences: EBM, Minimal-EBM.
Background/Info: Nasdrowie is a French project driven by Xavier Malleret. I noticed he released a few digital singles while the EP “Protocol 1” features four new songs.
Content: The main influence of this musician is not far to find; he releases a kind of minimal-EBM driven by repetitive loops and solid bass lines. There are no vocals featured, but you’ll notice spoken samplings. The work sounds like the perfect offspring between classical EBM and contemporary minimalism reminding me of bigger names such as Terence Fixmer and co.
+ + + : I like the minimalism of the compositions. The old-styled spoken samplings still have their impact, but I also enjoyed the chilling synth lines. The retro-like sound treatments –like dry, cutting snare drums and synth lines, will for sure bring some good-old memories back to life. “Carne” and “Contention” both are pretty cool songs revealing the potential of Nasdrowie.
– – – : The global production can still be improved; I’m thinking of a bit more elaboration and eventually a few vocal lines.
Conclusion: “Protocol 1” is an interesting debut from a band we better keep an eye on.
Best songs: “Carne”, “Contention”.