keskiviikko 18. maaliskuuta 2015
Varjosielu - Kalpea demo 2001
Varjosielu - Kalpea demo (CDr) II 2001
Yandex / Zippy
I decided to continue with Finnish non-metal items for a bit longer, rejoice or mourn as your preference may be, this is another reader contribution and the second release (as far as I know) from the band formerly known as Wind. This recording was released as a CDr by Dragonthrone and it contains two new songs, one long (10+ mins) and one short plus another long bonus track taken from the previous demo released on cassette by Chanteloupe Creations. Scans of the covers were provided by the contributor, thanks for your efforts!
Ok, if you listened to the Wind demos you'll know every one of them was a bit different, developing more and more into darkwave/neo-classical from the almost dungeon synth origins. The first song here sounds like a mixture of gothic neo-classical, darkwave, new wave and post-punk, the latter due the vocals which also occasionally stray into almost black metal territory too. Instrumentation is mostly piano and synth, but there is percussion too, provided by a session member and some guitars. Despite the silly sounding moments this is fascinating, at times great even. But the silly bits tend to be very silly. The middle track is the runt of the litter at pop-songish playtime of three and a half minutes which is kind of a relief after the very long and somewhat trying first track. It's a melancholic song with voice and acoustic guitars being the most dominant elements and this one strays to the neofolk terrain strongly. Last track, the bonus one from the previous demo, is a long avant-gardish piece harkening back to Wind's self-described surrealist chamber music. More varied in instrumentation and songwriting than the two new tracks but does not feel as charming as they did. I don't know if Varjosielu released or recorded anything else later, but this is recommended to the people who enjoyed the Wind demos, like gothic/wave/experimental stuff or make a point to hear all Dragonthrone/Ståhlhammer releases.