Ensemble Economique: Melt Into Nothing (Denovali, 2014)

September 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ensemble Economique: Melt Into Nothing

Ensemble Economique: Melt Into Nothing

Brian Pyle’s Ensemble Economique project continues to refine the gloomy goth-psych-pop sound he’s been creating for years, and damn near perfected with last year’s Not Not Fun-released Fever Logic L.P. This one starts out with “Your Lips Against Mine”, which right away sounds like it should be the theme song to some sort of goth romance movie. So many layers of bubbling guitars, synths and sensuous vocals. “Make-Out In The GDR” continues this mostly instrumentally, with darkened chamber drums beating and vintage 4AD-like guitars. “Never Gonna Die” shrouds organ and vocals in caverns of reverb and has a drum machine shuddering along, and even thunder crashing sounds. The melodies on this album aren’t far away from the melodies on Fever Logic, but it sounded so good last time that it’s hardly a complaint that this is so similar. The album ends with “Melt Into Me”, a coda of spooky heartbeats and rain-swept echoed whispers.

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