April 12, 2024

Riotmiloo – Blackout (Album – Ant-Zen)

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Genre/Influences: Minimal-Electro, Experimental, Industrial.

Format: Digital, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Eight years after the debut-album “La Pierre Soudée” (2015) English female artist Emilie Verbieze strikes back with her second opus featuring eight songs. “Blackout” ‘represents a retreat from her political beginnings and a move towards exploring the inner self while retaining its predecessor’s power and sense of struggle.’

Content: This work stands for pure Electronic-Minimalism which might remind you of early 80s productions exploring Electronic paths. The work reminds me a bit of Crash Course In Science for its vintage sound treatments although the atmosphere supporting the songs is more hostile and obscure. The sterile-like vocal production empowers the 80s connection.

+ + + : This is a real great work carried by the magic of solid and unique, analogue, sound treatments. It injects a refreshing touch to the work -especially for being that different with average productions in the genre. The ambiance created by Verbieze is another noticeable aspect of the work; anguishing and desperate but wonderful to listen to. Last but not least there also is a cool Industrial touch which sounds as a little extra on top of some cuts.

– – – : The very last part of the album is not as exciting -although featuring the song “Folie A Deux” which has been released as single.

Conclusion: If you don’t know Riotmiloo yet just discover this fascinating album which sounds retro-like and still a bit visionary.

Best songs: “Define Normal”, “Vile Butterflies”, “I Want To Get Out”, “Folie À Deux”.

Rate: 8.

Artist: www.riotmiloo.co.uk / www.facebook.com/Riotmiloo

Label: www.ant-zen.com / www.facebook.com/antzen.official

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