It's just a music blog from an occasional music fan. This blog doesn't target a specific music genre but my preferences lead me more to music gravitating around Garage Rock. But that means many different genres mixes like with Psychedelic, Post Punk, Punk, Country, Pop and many more. I also like some other genres of music like Rock, Psychedelic, tempered Experimental, Post Punk and Art Rock.

Also it's just a personal blog and sometimes I'll post some comments about some... mainstream albums too. Not that it will bring anything to the billions of posts or reviews already written about such album, but just because it's a blog about music I like a lot and I just want share it, or at least share it potentially ... lost in the world wide web but ready to be shared. :-D

I make the blog in English despite I don't write well in that language because I believe it will be easier for international users. So I apologize to English speaking users.


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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Black Bug - Reflecting the Light (XVIII 2012, Hozac 2013)

This album of this Swedish group currently based in France was initially released in vinyl at the end of 2012 on a French label, XVIII. Recently Hozac re-released the album, at the same time for an American distribution of the vinyl but also for the CD and digital versions.

It's the second album of the group, but it is very different from the first one, and the composition of the band changed a little with the departure of the female singer. The first album was drier, a bit minimalist and more violent. This new album isn't minimalist, it is darker, more roundish and more powerful than violent. Sometimes it is a bit dancing, while keeping a Punk aggressiveness and dirtiness.

It's Post Punk with some New Wave elements but it hasn't the classic New Wave sonorities. It would be more between the first album of Chrome and a little the first album of The Sound while being very different to both. Another way of seeing its genre, it's powerful Synth-Punk a little Cold Wave that is a bit tenebrous but also a little bit dancing and catchy. It is a bit in the lineage of Joy Division including this dancing aspect on some tracks as in Joy Division's first album. But there too it is very different from what made Joy Division.

It's the quality of the tracks which makes this album excellent. It begins by chaining eight varied tracks and all are a slap. The track 10 is also excellent. On the other hand, for my ears, the tracks 9 and 11 are less strong without being bad. Anyway this album is listening in one breath and it is intoxicating so much it is excellent.

You can listen it on XVIII label bandcamp page. Or you can preview it here but at a quality only a bit better than standard streaming, and be fair, if you like dig it, support the artists and don't forget to buy the album.

To support the artists you can buy the vinyl either to XVIII label for Europe, either to Hozac label for America. You can also buy the CD to Hozac label. And you can buy the digital on the various standard places.

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