April 12, 2024

Vlimmer – XIIIIII (EP – Blackjack Illuminist Records)

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Genre/Influences: Cold-wave, dream-pop.

Format: Digital, CD, Cassette.

Background/Info: German artist –and label owner) Alexander Donat took off in November 2015 releasing a conceptual work of eighteen (!) EP’s about a young, damaged man in search of his own identity. This new EP is the sixteenth chapter in the series and features five new songs by Vlimmer.

Content: I’m used to saying Vlimmer moves into another direction –or at least integrates new influences, on each new EP. The common sound remains pretty dark/cold-wave like and definitely driven by the 80s. “XIIIIII” is for sure one of the darkest and maybe most tormented works I’ve heard in the series. It reminds me sometimes of the legendary records from 4AD –which comes mainly through at “Lebenswert”, but the work also reminds the legendary ‘Deutsche Neue Welle’.

+ + + : This EP is without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favorite from Vlimmer. The songs are diversified, but always touching ground with the 80s. They’re recovered with sadness and melancholia, the guitar playing awakening emotions by the listener, but I also like the more mysterious sounding “Taubheit” and the somewhat harder, last song “Kopfkante”.

– – – : I’m still convinced what Vlimmer is only missing to get a wider recognition is a ‘hit’-song! This EP features cool tracks, but not that kind of hit you’ll keep in mind.

Conclusion: This is for sure the right EP to get more familiar with the work of Vlimmer –and maybe inciting you to purchase the entire records from this conceptual series. Vlimmer never stops composing and taking me by surprise.

Best songs: “Taubheit”, “Kopfkante”, “Perplexität”.

Rate: (7½).

Artist: www.facebook.com/VlimmerMusic

Label: www.facebook.com/Blackjack.Illuminist

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