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The Philter - Villain (2014)

21-07-2014, 19:04
Music | Pop | Rock | Alternative | Indie

The Philter - Villain (2014)

Artist: The Philter
Title Of Album: Villain
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Doorway Recordings
Genre: Alternative, Indie, New Wave, Shoegaze
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 35:58 min
Total Size: 101 MB


01. Skinned Knee
02. Destroyer
03. Increasingly Distant
04. Phantoms
05. Developer
06. Liquid Nitrogen
07. Select
08. Not Quite
09. Quicken The Pace
10. Come Close

The Philter could be one of the most under-the-radar “steady” bands in the Detroit area today. While staying busy playing live, they have managed to build up a huge catalog of music, releasing four albums since 2011. This was no easy task, considering the band’s visual sense and the laid-back demeanor their music seems to demand. Bass Player Kim Lambert cites influences like My Bloody Valentine, Shadows, Clan of Xymox, The Cure and The Cramps, but the Philter brings something new to the shoegaze genre, adding remnants of surf rock to the existing elements of punk, new wave and goth. The guitars are fuzzy, the bass is melodic, the sounds are melancholy. This is the wall of sound that the Philter creates on their new album Villain, and it does not disappoint loyal fans of the underground music of the past.

Opening up the cd case for Villain, you immediately grasp the band’s understanding of texture, depth, and space. Spattered gold flakes are on the inside cover and disc, the look of wet paint is so real I felt like I had to reach out and touch it. The cover design is minimal and simplistic intentionally, the shadows match the colors of the music, a beautiful darkness. The despair and isolation that exist in The Philter’s influences is a huge part of the music, but it’s as if the band seems to find a light shining through a broken window. Once in a while they do cross a line, but the band always seems to know what direction the song takes them.

An arpeggiated synth line reminiscent of early Depeche Mode opens up Villain. The song is “Skinned Knee,” a layered mix of swelling guitars, drum machines, tremolo and pulsing baselines. Frontman Nik Burridge sets the mood quickly with his laid-back reverb drenched vocals and even keeled approach to melody and phrasing. This is, for the most part, the foundation for the spacious surf that makes up Villain and all of the band’s previous albums, but Villain seems to showcase the band in a different creative place-comfortable, confident, shimmering.

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