NAEVUS - SOIL - CD - 10 tracks - S.P.K.R. - 2001
Soil is the second album from this Welsh duo, and is their first release for the Italian label S.P.K.R..
I was quite intrigued when I received this album as the accompanying press release compares their music
to DIJ and the Swans. Personally, apart from the acoustic guitar, I didn't hear anything really similar
to DIJ, but nonetheless this album is still interesting and original.
Strongly recommended !
The music, based on a simple
instrumentation comprising a male voice, an acoustic guitar, a bass and a drum machine sprinkled with a few
keyboard effects, is simple and direct and has a distinct 80's sound while retaining some elements of
modernity. The songs vary in style from the tense and tight energetic rhythms of "A Nausea", "Harm" and
"Function" to the more intimate ballads such as "Desert" and "I was there". This is a coherent and mature
album that has transcended it's influences to impose it's own identity. Naevus have produced their own style
of urban (neo)folk that possesses that indistinguishable "je-ne-sais-quoi" which makes you want to play the
album over and over again....