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Thot - The City That Disappears (2014) - Review

Band: Thot
Album title: The City That Disappears
Release date: 14 April 2014
Label: Black Basset Records/White Leaves Music

Tracklist:
01. HTRZ   
02. Rhythm.Hope.Answers
03. Keepers   
04. Dédale   
05. Blank Street   
06. Negative Buildings   
07. Traces   
08. Citizen Pain

Dear reader! I'm in love! I have probably never been so struck by an album, as it happened with The City That Disappears, following by the whole musical repertoire by Belgium vegetal noise music Thot. Just so it happens, I’m very much intrigued with experimental music and Thot was just what I was craving for. Captivating and explosive to the last point.

Driven by the creative force of an incredible young musician, Grégoire Fray, Thot incorporates ambient music with post-rock and electronic features. Stating Fray is a talented musician would be a rough understatement, since he is the soul, the voice and the face of this staggering artistic composition. Thot’s music is distinguished by smoothly messy aestheticism, combining various elements, which coexists in the most serene musical symbiosis.
 
How to even put all the imprints and feelings to words? Difficult indeed, because Thot’s music evokes such a wide palette of endless emotions, it’s almost surreal. The compositions are a synthesis of transfixing ambiance and striking industrial rock driven tunes. With the opening duet “HTRZ” and “Rhythm.Hope.Answers”, The City That Disappears will carry you on a voyage of spaced-out soundscapes, which radiate delicacy and a strong punk-rock vibe at the same time. The juxtaposed “Keepers” then opens the doors into a completely new realm of calm, velvet and transcendental melodies. The tender piano tunes alongside Fray’s mesmerizing vocals emanate spleen and fragility in the most exquisite manner. The following “Dédale” traverses in a similar, mesmerizing atmosphere, with slightly intensifying rhythm, which carry the album into the next phase of noisy explosiveness. “Negative Buildings” is another perfect example of how incredibly counterpoised all the various elements are on this record.
 
With 8 incredible tracks (9 on Vinyl), with The City That Disappears you will travel through extraordinaire mélange of aligned sounds, free of all boundaries. I highly recommend this album to anyone, who finds joy in experimental music and is not afraid if the tunes go a bit over the top from time to time. The city may have disappeared, but Thot’s music will not, as it will surely live fingerprints on the music scene, which will not disappear easily.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 10/10

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