Vlimmer – XII (CD EP – Blackjack Illuminist Records)
Genre/Influences: Wave-pop, electro-wave, gothic.
Background/Info: The twelfth EP in the series of eighteen set up by Vlimmer comes together with number eleven. Alexander Leonard Donat brings us five more new songs
Content: I now have already heard several EP’s from this series and I’ve to say that I now easily recognize the ‘Vlimmer-sound’. There always is a solid 80s connotation, which this time is mixing elements of electro-pop, fuzzy guitar parts and a more atmospheric approach. The songs are once again sung in German.
+ + + : The influences remain the same-old and getting the listener back to the 80s legacy. But Vlimmer adds a personal touch on top, which at “XII” sounds maybe colder than other releases. I get the impression the production is progressively evolving towards a darker/colder style, which I like. I also like the more cold-wave sounding “Zerschmetterung” for the somewhat shoegaze-like guitar play.
– – – : No real hit –here again, on this new EP, but fully enjoyable cuts. The EP-series is ambitious and original, but I also hope that we one day will get a full length album and why not a kind of ‘best of’ from this series.
Conclusion: If you like 80s electro-wave you definitely have to discover Vlimmer, which remains an interesting formation in this music genre with an extra and personal touch on top.
Best songs: “Zerschmetterung”, “Krakenkombat”.
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