Genre/Influences: Dark-pop, shoegaze, minimal-electro, EBM.
Content: “IIIIIIII” (“8”) is moving from shoegaze to vintage electronics, but the most fascinating aspect of the work is that it sounds like electronic-shoegaze music. The tracks are pretty extended, but never monotonous. The vocals have been sung in German and produced with a foggy, spooky effect on top.
“IIIIIIIII” (“9”) is pretty different revealing a more minimal electronic approach and even experimenting with EBM. The shoegaze element is still there, but it feels more hidden or in the background.
+ + + : Both releases are pretty original and I especially like this fusion between shoegaze and electronics. It sometimes resulted into dream-pop, but I rather prefer to speak about dark-pop and minimal electronics when it concerns Vlimmer. The foggy atmosphere hanging over the tracks has something fascinating, a bit anguishing and revealing the personal sound approach of this artist. Last, but not least there also is a kind of tormented and even suicidal mood emerging from the songs. Vlimmer sounds darker than the night and will definitely appeal for dark souls.
– – – : I like both EP’s, but I just regret none features a hit or at least a truly apotheosis. I however think Vlimmer is not concerned when it comes to compose hits…
Conclusion: I like the tormented sphere hanging over the songs, which reminds me a bit to the old black & white horror movies. I perfectly imagine this kind of music as soundtrack for a silent movie such as “Nosferatu”.
Best songs: “Schwerelosigkeit”, “Beutenacht”, “Jugendentzug”.