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01. Au Champ Des Morts - Dans La Joie
02. Peter Bjärgö - Animus Retinentia
03. Phallus Dei - Black Dawn
04. Saille - Gnosis
05. Black Anvil - As Was
06. Heretoir - The Circle
07. Last Leaf Down - Bright Wide Colder
08. Bitterfeldt - Götzen.Dämmerung
09. Elegi - Bånsull
10. Isenordal - Shores Of Mourning
If you find yourself comfortable with a combination of darkwave music, intertwined with EBM and dark electro tunes, with some vintage sounding post-punk and gothic rock insertions, Pronoise’s album The Border Crossing is what you need to hear. Valencia based duet was founded back in 1996 by Nacho Artax and Javi Andreu, two longtime friends, who also found a common point in their passion towards music. A year later their first album, entitled Low Light Vision, was self-released, followed by 2000’s La Fiesta Trieste. After that, it wasn’t much heard of Proinose, up until in 2013, when they re-released their debut Low Light Vision on vinyl. Their latest musical creation, The Borders Crossing, which they were able to release due to a steady and supporting fan base through crowdfunding project, delivers beautiful soundscapes filled with passion, emotion and atmosphere. The combination of various genres, which rely mostly on 80s darksome sounds - but tend to get a bit futuristic at moments as well- comes simply from Javi being an enthusiast of dark rock and post-punk and Nacho being more into electronic and industrial music. As the album title suggest, you will cross the borders of murky sounding dark ambiances as well as danceable electronic tunes, which will carry you through a sea of atmospheric waves, with its liquid dynamic and smooth passages between the merging genres. Both Nacho and Javi kindly took some time to present the songs of the album.
Song by song commentary by: Nacho Artax and Javi Andreu
Edited by: Ines
1. The Speed Of Dark
This track has one of the most interesting stories on the whole album. The rest of songs were all still half-way done and the whole concept was not defined yet. It was almost finished, but needed a concretion. We were looking into making a song about speeches (political speeches and similar), showcasing fragments of different speeches in history, comparing them to current situation (and at this point we need to ask ourselves: have the times changed at all?) and so. The mainidea was to have theese speech fragments with danceable leads or plucks and bassline in between the voices. The plucks melody and the 303-esque bassline took a lot of work and sounded awesome. Then, the research for fragments of old vocal speeches came, when we came across this fantastic fragment of an old recording. It was a scientist describing Einstein's train and light experiment. We felt this was a connecting piece, the glue for the whole album concept: trains, rails, squeals, movement, and power. We had already decided about the album title - The Border Crossing, because we mix so many different styles on it, which many purists don't like at all -, so it fit into the entire picture: railroad crossings, destinations, journey stages… Musically the percussion was adapted to this idea too, so it is completely different from the initial idea. And the final result made it obvious that this had to be the opening track.
2. Dangerous Games
This is the track that re-started it all. After the vinyl re-release of Low Light Vision in 2013, and encouraged by fans, Nacho started creating music again. Amongst all the initial ideas, this one was the one we thought sounded the best. In the first phase it consisted of the bassline and atmospheric cinematic sounds. When Javi heard it, the spark lit a fire instantly and guitar add-ons came to his mind. And we said: "OK, let's do it!". The lyrics speak of observations seen in night life – it's about girls and guys playing dangerous games, with unclear intentions and the consequences of not being clear or smart from the zero moment of truth.