Mimi Secue - Naila

10 songs
53:53 minutes
***** ***
Karate Joe


One thing's for certain: this is not the kind of music you would expect from an Austrian band. The elegiac instrumental title track opens an album that's putting its emphasis on quiet moods. The languid instrumentation and especially the sad lap steep guitar coursing through the opener make you feel like being stranded on the Great Plains in the USA, and not in a country that's harbouring a good part of the Alps. Something Sometimes starts the vocal part of the album, putting Mimi Secue in the vicinity of a less electronic and more organic Notwist, although there are also parallels to the sad core genre and even nods to the impressive-subdued composing styles of certain post rock bands.

Pilot and Rats are two further impressive songs, although Naila is best heard as a whole piece of art, because the songs all share the same aura of melancholy, and the relaxed rhythm section is not only joined by crying guitars, but also at times by tear inducing string arrangements.

And arrangements are what a lot of Naila is about. The songs don't work too well by themselves, but as a whole, they let you dive into an ocean of misery, which can be enjoyed by any friend of good sad music.

Certainly not the hit on your next birthday party, but still Mimi Secue have created a subdued masterpiece of elegant design that I wouldn't have expected from their corner of the world. Furthermore the twins and geese on the cover have a certain cult potential.

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