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R. Missing - Unsummering [EP] (2017) - Review

Band: R. Missing
Album title: Unsummering [EP]
Release date: 3 March 2017
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Unsummering
02. Kelly Was A Philistine
03. Deeper Holes
04. Birthright
05. Mostly Back
06. Mouser

From New York City comes a new dream pop/indie pop project with an interesting name R. Missing. Actually the two members who use artistical pseudonyms, She Missing and He Missing, are nobody else than vocalist and bassist Sharon Shy and multi-instrumentalist Toppy, known from before as The Ropes. The two founded The Ropes in 2005 and since then released a lot of singles, EP's and two albums. Musically with their new project R. Missing the two offer a bit more dreamy and fragile sound if compared with The Ropes, but still nothing is dramatically changed. Unsummering is the first EP released under this new name and consists of six tracks with around 23 minutes of sensual, emotive and quite atmospheric indie dream pop.

Those who follow what is going inside this specific scene must be already aware of the hit single "Kelly Was A Philistine" for which the two released a staggering video clip, a catchy track that already made R. Missing as one of the most promissing acts inside the genre. With Sharon's fragile, tender, quite emotional but also somehow ethereal and distant voice that at some parts can remind to Lana Del Rey, and instrumentation which blends atmospheric synths, dynamic pulsating beats, sparkly melodic rhythms, sometimes danceable, sometimes very melancholic shoegaze soundscapes, the two are certainly a musical entity which could appeal to different types of fans of dark indie pop music. You'll find how nicely the elements that range from typical dream pop to kind of ethereal wave and indie pop converge into a pretty coherent sonic mass.

The tracks on Unsummering are all pretty catchy and absolutely captivating, somehow the music is cold, quite dark but enough dynamic to offer a soothing listening experience. No matter if you want to put on your headphones and just relax, or if you want to use it as a background music or even if you want to dance in your solitude, the music made by R. Missing is a perfect fit. The whole shimmering atmosphere and flow of the tracks is somehow shyly erotic. It serves well also as kind of a meditative median between some more demanding albums, at least for me it does. Well, Unsummering is as well very romantic, it can be here and there a bit too minimalistic but often those very ambiental synths and soul melting vocals take everything to higher grounds.

Beside the before mentioned quite groovy single "Kelly Was A Philistine", I must also mention the captivating opener "Unsummering" with fantastic darkwave spacey synths, very melancholic "Birthright" and I believe that by Lana Del Rey influenced "Mostly Back". The only problem is that the tracks, even thought are very dynamic in their own way, follow more or less the same patterns and could become after a while a bit too monotone. A special mention must go to very interesting and deep lyrics, certainly it offers some sensitive material to think about. Nevertheless, Unsummering is a nice addition to the growing dream pop scene. The EP shines also because of well done production and I find the final mix pretty good. R. Missing are not to be missed act for everyone who likes soothing, melancholic yet very thoughtful dreamy electronic music with very sensual captivating vocals and huge atmospheric soundscapes.

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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