Sunday, April 8, 2018

System Morgue – Distress (2018)

  • Ambient drone 
  • Post-rock 
  • Shoegaze 
  • Micronoise 
  • Alternative 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimental rock 
  • Avant-rock 
  • Dronegaze 
  • Minimalism

Comment: System Morgue is a Sankt Peterburg, Russian one-man-project whose music could be categorised as meta-shoegaze because this 4-track issue opens up new perspectives from different points of view. Shoegaze as an approach has been developed by using techniques already known yet employed by other genres like ambient, noise, drone, minimalism, post-punk, melody hooks enriched easy listening. All these techniques were distilled within indie music to an extent until thereafter we could speak about it as a new genre. Since the 00s the coil started to close up because the aforementioned genres of which shoegaze as a genre was spurred by started to incorporate the genre's own distilled qualities to the mix. It can be admitted while listening to the release one can hear the aforementioned process in its beauty. More profoundly, you actually feel no need to draw the line between indie, and metal, between pulsating minimalism and distorted guitar and sublime synth induced ambient (rock), between atmospheric droning and watered-down yet still gritty noise. In a word, is it an example of abstract shoegaze? Top notch by any means.

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