Denmark - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 1 - 11/25/96
Columbia / Sony Music
Copenhagen band Sort Sol (meaning Black Sun) has this year released
another haunting, distorted and melodic album.
Many speculations on the future of the band arose when guitarist
Peter Peter split, but Sort Sol has proven that they can still create
that raw, rattling, scrambling guitar sound, and in the production you
can hear that Sort Sol are no technofobic act. There is a very modern
sound to it.
Sort Sol started out as a punk band with the 1978 debut Minutes to go.
Since then their sound has developed a lot and the band incorporates
modern technology naturally and painlessly, still being true to the
noisy guitar dominated sound.
The atmosphere that sets on you when listening to Unspoiled Monsters
bears resemblance to the mood on Nick Cave ballads, though less dramatic.
There is always a brooding feeling to Steen Jørgensens vocals
and on this album it manifests itself in the many quiet, down-beat songs
where the melody and guitar riffs really creep under your skin and
tingle down your spine - especially the ringling guitars and howling
sounds on the closing track Erlkönig.
The album opens with a much more rough sound. The untitled first track
is a dark and distorted business with a refreshingly untypical of
guitar bands drumtrack. The dark sound pervades throughout the album
but a lot of beautiful melodies unfold in the dusk. On the brilliant
My Stars the simplicity and beauty are lifted by the strings of
Luisiana Museum Art Ensemble
All in all a very worthy follow-up to the band's 1993 success Glamourpuss.
Copyright © 1996 Tina Christensen