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Excepter - Familiar (2014)

25-11-2014, 04:51
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Excepter - Familiar (2014)

Artist: Excepter
Title Of Album: Familiar
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Blast First Petite / PTYT-072
Genre: Electronic, Psychedelic, Experimental
Total Time: 50:02 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 120 mb / 320 mb

Times have been turbulent for Excepter lately, with the loss of core member Clare Amory to cancer in 2011 and the remaining members scattered across their home continent in the aftermath. The quintet got back together for a lengthy European tour in 2012 during which they stopped off at Prague's 'Studio Faust' to record the tracks contained on 'Familiar'. Interestingly they're all much shorter than the two 10-minute-plus tracks on their one post-Amory EP, and as well as the band's own music there are covers of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' and Son House's 'Grinnin In Your Face'.

Sonically, what's happening here is some seriously psychedelic synths and electronics and percussion, a kind of electronic jam band of sorts with awkwardly phasing beep-loops, warped Moog drones and giddy polyrhythms all topped with the contrasting vocal styles of John Fell Ryan and Lala Ryan, who croon and babble over the wonky, wobbly soundscape. Mid-album Nathan Corbin (described in the press release as "Excepter's Nathan Corbin" but otherwise not present on this album) instrumental 'Destroy' provides an intermission of sorts - or perhaps a divider between the more rhythmic first half and the more texture-centric second - with heavy pounding beats, swarming electronics and dystopian atmospherics.

If you're looking for comparisons, what Excepter remind me of most is post-Racoo-oo-oon synth freakout specialists Wet Hair, but with shades of the gothy stoicism of Zola Jesus or Horrid Red. Some of the tracks like 'Holy Girl' seem laced with a palpable pain and sadness, and the album's slow descent from the disco-tinged energy of opener 'Maids' to the mournful despondence of the ghostly Buckley cover that closes the set is undeniably affecting.


1. Maids
2. Palace to Palace
3. Sunburned Kids
4. Same Address, Different City
5. Destroy
6. Holy Girl
7. Looking for Polly
8. Grinning in Your Face
9. Song to the Siren

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