Sunday, December 27, 2009

Review #18: Nü Sensae - Three Dreams (EP) (2009)

Year: 2009
Genre: Punk Rock
Sub-Genres: No-Wave, Noise
Label: Critiscum Internationale Records
Tracks: 4
Length: 8 Minutes (Short)
Style: Rebellious
My Rating: 6/8

Nü Sensae is a No-Wave hailing from the Vancouver, B.C. Canadian punk scene which is birthing a variety of other good bands at this point. The band formed circa early 2007 and plays a noisy, abrasive form of punk that is reminiscent of No-Wave from the '70s and '80s. The band only has two members; Andrea Lukic, who sings the songs and plays the bass guitar, and Daniel Pitout, the drummer.

The band released a 12" self-titled record last year on Isolated Now-Waves, and this rekerd is the newest release from them which was released only a month ago on Critiscum Internationale Records.

1. Mowgli and Sly
First thing that comes to mind is fuzzy. Begins with a sludgey riff and thumping bass drums. The second half of the song is thrashier and faster, and Andrea is singing in this part. A pretty good song.

2. Mens Rea
A more traditional-sounding song, but still innovative. I like the drums especially on this part, and you hear the line that the title of this record, "Three Dreams" is derived from. Ultimately, it's a pretty simple song. End of Side 1.

3. Worm(s)
The first Nü Sensae song I ever heard. They made a music video for this. It's similar-tempoed to the previous track, but it's more aggressive and the vocals are harsher and have more flow to 'em. I swear I'm hearing the noises of strange animals in the background of this.

4. Fantum
The bass is very throbbing, here. A notch less fast than the last couple songs. The verse riff here is very good. Ultimately, though, I consider it the weakest track on the album. Not that it's bad or anything, but all of the other songs on here are pretty spot-on for the tone they're going for... who the hell am I to question 'em, though? Anyways, the record ends here.

It's pretty short, so when it ends, part of you is left wanting a little more. However, you can always check out their earlier LP, and they have been featured on a few compilations as well. I recommend this band's music to all fans of early Sonic Youth, Bikini Kill, L7, and the Germs, whom they are influenced by.


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