Let me start by saying this has probably been the most arduous article I have ever had to write. I was issued the challenge to review the new EP “Animous” by the Danish band Zeroine. They describe their music as being low-core – a genre I know nothing about and am not used to listening to. Therefore it has been very difficult to put words on the experience it is listening to this record.
If I should describe it with no previous knowledge of this type of music I would describe it is lo-fi, psychedelic, ambient soundtrack-music with lots of reverb. It reminds me both of the UK ambient scene in the 90’s and of Leonard Cohen in recent years. It’s the type of music that sets a mood, but never really describes it. The type of music you would imagine hearing in a thriller or an art-installation with moving pictures alongside it. It revolves around in a circle and never seems to go anywhere and has absolutely no drive. It does however have atmosphere. Lots and lots of atmosphere. – Even if that atmosphere seems to be floating around somewhere and never really moving anywhere and being nowhere at the same time.
The first thing I noticed is the vocal well hidden in the background of the mix. She reminds me a lot of Ane Brun, particularly on “I Would Hurt A Fly” just mixed quite different. But the way of conveying an emotion and still floating along with the rest of the soundscape is interesting and I really enjoy it. Stine Beck who does the singing also composes and writes the music and plays the different instruments along with Christian Sinding.
I mentioned atmosphere and soundtrack already and those are the two things that come to mind the most. There’s a certain setting for every song and they create images in your mind. This is also why the music fit so well with the sort of artsy uncompositioned videos or visuals, like the video for “Like The Trees”.
You get the same sort of feeling as listening to Agnes Obel or Enya. A flowing and quite large soundscape, which renders rhythm unnecessary. It’s enjoyable, well made and I’m still not sure I get it. The chord sets are really good, the guitar does provide a bit of drive, the noise is usually somewhat harmonic to the key notes. I have enjoyed listening to it – even though it is still not anything for me. The noise-level is sometimes too high, not all chord progressions are equally good and the polyphony can get a bit too much. I also miss some sort of drive. It seems to work best with a visual aid, making it useful for syncing but also a bit boring to listen to alone. The lyrics are lacking a bit as well. So from my point of view I give it 3½ stars.
"You get the same sort of feeling as listening to Agnes Obel or Enya. A flowing and quite large soundscape, which renders rhythm unnecessary. It’s enjoyable, well made and I’m still not sure I get it." (3.5/6)