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Review: Nadja - Desire in Uneasiness
Desire in Uneasiness

Label: Crucial Blast Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 62:18
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: June 19, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 1/5 (20%) (2 Votes)

By looking at this duo, you would never guess they were into this type of music. The average looking Leah Buckareff (bass and vocals) and Aidan Baker (guitars, vocals, strings, woodwinds and drum machines) may very well look as if they were a folk/rock band à la Joni Mitchell or Simon and Garfunkel. But they are far from that folksy/poppy road!

Canada's own Nadja has been compared to bands like Sunno))), Boris, Earth and so on. Desire in Uneasiness features, for the first time, a human drummer. Even if both musicians are said to do vocals, this album is, at least to my ears, an instrumental work made of only five tracks, but lasting over an hour. Not easy to pinpoint exactly the musical direction of these Canadians. Their music is heavy, slow, atmospheric, psychedelic, and melodic at times, more aggressive in other places, while spacey keys and experimental parts are also found in their song structure. Buzzing basses and pounding drums mix with electronics and keyboards in some sort of psychedelic/doom blender.

"Sign-Expressions" and "Affective Fields" are my favorite pieces. The last one is the calmest and most ambient number found on this disc. Even if this music might be somewhat repetitive and lengthy, it still remains a pleasant album to listen to.

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