Sunday, August 18, 2013

VAR LP

VAR - NO ONE DANCES QUITE LIKE MY BROTHERS LP (Sacred Bones)
Var are an offshot of several other well known groups emerging from Copenhagen's D.I.Y. electro and hardcore scene like for example Iceage, Lower, Sexdrome, War or Pussyfooter. Their music falls a bit out of the line, because they aren't really comparable with the typical raw, ugly, lo-fi Posh Isolation sound. Instead of that they write quiet, yet grumpy songs with a dark feel. They push their cold synth-driven electronic sounds in the forefront. At the same time they use varied musical arrangements including a accoustic guitar, bass, percussions, trumpet or samples of broken glass and metal. Their musical roots lie first of all in the British underground music of the 80s. They merge influences ranging from postpunk to industrial, synth-pop, cold and dark wave and add some warmer sounds simular to Kraftwerk's krautrock, but Var's experimental approach keeps their compositions from beeing just a imitation of the mentioned styles. The nine tracks oscillate between the soft and dreamy facets of New Order, dense noisy soundscapes, march rhythms and mysterious gloomy drones. Elias R√łnnenfelt's vocals deliver the same dark, deep and distinctive style, that's well known from Iceage. "No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers" succeeds to fit the sound of 80s electronic music into a modern unique sound garment. (Listen to it here)