Genre/Influences: Industrial, Neo-Classic, Ambient.
Format: Digital, Vinyl + CD.
Background/Info: Westwind has been active since 1999. Driven by Kris G. the French project however disappeared a bit during the past years, “Despair” being the first new full length since “Survivalism” (2014). The new work is available as vinyl featuring a CD with two bonus cuts.
Content: I can’t say that Westwind has reinvented itself, but there are some interesting evolutions in sound. I experienced some of the songs as being more ‘electro’-driven than in the past. The fans will however recognize the familiar sound ingredients mixing extremely dark and nihilistic atmospheres, Martial passages like rhythms and heavy epic arrangements. Westwind sometimes sounds like a requiem for a word in despair. One of the most noticeable tracks is the cover version of Dead In June’s “Despair”… which also is the title of this album while each song is simply called “Despair”… Notice by the way the last bonus song features vocals by guest artist Joe Coleman.
+ + + : Westwind realized an astonishing come back; unleashing an extremely dark and desperate sound. The songs are filled with drama, which is a feeling accentuated by the bombast and numerous epic arrangements. Most of the leads/melodies are reminiscent organ sounds, which totally matches with this obscure sphere hanging over the work. The third song is a brilliant illustration of this approach. There’s a judicious match between all influences while the Dead In June cover has been perfectly transposed into the drama of the opus.
– – – : Some songs are a little bit similar, like abusing of the sound formula… but in the end I’m not complaining.
Conclusion: “Despair” probably was the only right title to define the global atmosphere of this work.
Best songs: “Despair 3”, “Despair 5”, “Despair 1”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.
Donate Bitcoin to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin
Donate Ethereum to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum
Donate Tether to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Tether