Genre/Influences: Experimental-pop, minimal-electronics.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: I never heard of this Polish project before. Xdzvonx seems to have released a first album “Tape_01” in 2018 and are now back on track with this self-released album featuring fourteen songs.
Content: This band deals with a minimal- and experimental electronic format. It has a touch of electro-pop music, but the minimalism of the sound treatments and the experimental production of the vocals makes the sound very special. The female vocals are often used as a kind of effect. A few other songs reveal English lyrics and a now sensual and then enraged timbre of voice. There also is one song with male vocals in a kind of rap style. The final part of the album also reveals a harder and even punkish song, which also is one of the best cuts.
+ + + : Xdzvonx created an original sound, which is hard to define, but definitely minimal-minded. The vocals are very particular as well, but next to the way they’ve been produced the singer is also a talented artist. She sings passionately, but still in a sensual modus while her timbre of voice is rather high. The music is simple, but efficient, sometimes achieved with bleeping sequences and a harder kick. The punkish song “I Will Vomit Glitter” is not totally representative of this work although it’s a great cut.
– – – : The single aspect that hurts me is the rather abrupt end of most of the songs. Most of the tracks are also pretty short, but that’s not really a point as the album features 14 tracks. Another minus point is the rather poorly inspired artwork of the CD format.
Conclusion: Xdzvonx took me by surprise; this band is a real sensation composing original and very efficient music. This band gets my full support!
Best songs: “I Will Vomit Glitter”, “Playground”, “Pray”, “Bubbles”, “You Have To Be Alone”, “No Eyes”.