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Stupid Bitch Reject - Stupid Bitch Reject [EP] (2013) - Review

Band: Stupid Bitch Reject
Album title: Stupid Bitch Reject [EP]
Release date: 26 April 2013
Label: AF-music

1. Bean Niochain
2. Side By Side
3. Inside My Asylum
4. Only
5. How It Tastes

I know that many of you will think that I'm reviewing some kind of rap or at least some kind of aggressive punk or hard core album, but it's not like that at all, even if the name of the band applys to that. Here we deal with kind of emotionaly charged cold wave, with some post-punk and goth rock influences. The duo was formed last year, but the two already gained some experiences in the band The Skeletonz. This self-titled EP is the first studio release by this French formation and already shows a huge potential.

Five songs up here are elegant, nicely flowing tunes. There is a lot of that typical French atmosphere, almost dreamy soundscapes and well balanced compositions. I was taken away by ethereal and comfortable vocals of Ophélie, that are similar to those of Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins or Julianne Regan of All About Eve. I think that without such a stunning and emotionaly passionate vocal performance Stupid Bitch Reject won't be that interesting. Right, the sole music is also very emotional and mellow, the guitar lines can often be associated with those most melancholic The Cure lines and somehow alternative compositional approach make me think of And Also The Trees. I should stop searching for outside references, because the two are offering one hell of great melodies and captivating moments. Some shoegaze elements also work fine and give a lot of depth. The tempo is slow, with rare uplifting moments. Nicely used, very gentle and danceable pop rhytms give some warmth, otherwise this music has kind of coldness in it. Electronic elements that are pushed in the background are there just to fullfil the musical spectrum, still used wisely to replenish the output. The refrain of "Only" and the whole track "How It Tastes" are hidden gems that must be discovered by all who like very intimate and emotional music.

Stupid Bitch Reject did music to excite your deepest and most personal emotions, it's the music that can be enjoyed when you feel all alone, desperate and want to get some comfort, but is also fine like a leisured background wall of sound to chill you. The only problem is that the songs don't differ enough between each other and I strongly suggest them to add some dynamics into music. Here's no problem with that, but when the two are going to make a full lenght album, I believe that this must be taken under consideration.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: The Dark Side
Release date: 19 September 2015
Label: Black Mara Records

Ugasanie takes a vacation from his often polar dark ambient style, to give us a truly eerie album! White Silence's “To The Lord Of The Polar Desert With Seven Faces” and “Arctic Hysteria” on Call Of The North gave us a hint of some of the creepier territory that Ugasanie was comfortable in. However these tracks were part of greater polar-themed albums. The Dark Side takes us to a whole new place with Ugasanie, down the deep dark corridors of the underworld itself. The Dark Side is an ode to death and eternity, where you will hear field recordings captured in places such as morgues and cemeteries. It is a prayer to Mara, the Slavic goddess associated with seasonal rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of nature. She is associated with death, winter, and nightmares. A very fitting patroness for Ugasanie and a fitting name for the fledgling label Black Mara, which specializes in dark ambient. The darkness Ugasanie portrays here is as cinematic as it is unnerving, yet it is never too harsh or overwhelming for the listener. It holds us tightly in Mara’s embrace and keeps us there from beginning to end. Ugasanie has shown us the darkness of Mara, goddess of death, in a brilliant collection of tracks. This album is highly recommended for any fan of dark ambient with equal amounts of subtlety and aggression.

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