FLYINGDEADMAN - W.E.N.
Stylistic limitations have rarely helped a band to broaden their horizon. Flyingdeadman from the west of France seem to know this, because although their music seems firmly rooted in post rock, the quintet hardly ever shies away from other genres that they use to give their songs a personal touch. W.E.N., their second album, starts with six expansive tracks that average seven minutes, then offers three remixes by some of their musician friends, and eventually ends with Its, a collaboration with French metal band Saw.
Quoting artists like Sigur Ros, Deftones, Radiohead, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai and many more as having had some influence on them, it shouldn’t be too hard to set your expectations. Like the Icelandic post rock icons, Flyingdeadman’s songs come with vocals but have no actual lyrics. But this is already where that parallel ends. In fact Flyingdeadman’s music has more room for distorted guitars that we are generally used to in their genre, allowing their sound to transcend into harder rocking territory. Subtle electronic touches furthermore inform us that the band is not ignorant of the trip hop universe.
I can’t praise this young French band enough for having the courage to concoct their own hybrid recipe consisting of post rock, rock, metal and electronica. The only drawback is that their songs don’t have too much recognition value, but their idiosyncratic approach makes more than up for that.
The remixes strip the original versions of their grittiness and add a certain symphonic sensibility. The concluding collaboration with a metal band should ultimately expose Flyingdeadman’s eagerness to constantly venture further.
This leaves us with a good hour of quality music from a promising French band that, despite not yet having the calibre of their established influences, has all the necessary ingredients at hand from where to launch their career. Post rock fans who don’t mind occasional guitar excesses and programmed beats will have much to discover on this highly intriguing self-released CD.