PLANKTON WAVES - Songs Of Endings

Plankton Waves - Songs Of Endings

5 songs
20:25 minutes
***** ***
(self released)


Founded from the ashes of Minipli in early 2010, Plankton Waves didn’t wait long to release their first EP Unduriel. Back then, the duo was still using regulation instruments like guitar and bass, but showed already the new direction they were aiming for. Last year, the single Cloud Caravan / We Are showed us a modified entity, and logically Plankton Waves are following consequently on their new path.

On Songs Of Endings, their second EP, you won’t find any typical rock instruments. Instead the band purchased a whole bunch of analogue synthesizers and beat machines to give their music the cold, clinical touch it actually deserves. And while the five new songs are possibly less accessible than their earlier material, it ultimately will be a more rewarding listening experience.

Songs Of Endings begins with the incredibly dark Warriors, with nearly five minutes the longest track on the record. The music consists of quasi-tribal drum beats, threatening bass synth lines that remind more of the Seventies than of the Eighties, and above all you get Natalie’s dark androgynous vocals that fit perfectly well the overall gloomy mood. On Cthulhu the duo digs deep into Lovecraftian mythology, a realm normally associated with Satanist metal bands. And as a matter of fact, Plankton Waves don’t sound stylistically so different from doomy black rock bands, except that they substitute the guitars for old, dusty synthesizers. Out Here is another dark track, and how could it be otherwise? The music consists of echo driven synth notes and flanger heavy bass lines, in order to create this trademark dark pop sound we have come to expect from these artists lately. I Should Love Her is a sweeter track, without entirely giving up a healthy dose of despair. To guarantee that the song doesn’t become too catchy, we get some wobbling, distorted synth effects for good measure. The EP ends with the minimalist World’s End where the vocals somehow remind me of Grace Jones!

When the twenty minutes are over, much too soon, I want to add, I am left with the impression of a matured band that has manages to truly improve and find its very own sound over the years. I prefer the three first tracks to the two latter ones, but in the end, what’s important is that right now I cannot think of any other band, from Luxembourg or the big wide world outside, that does anything similar. Fans of electronic sounds will discover something quite unique on Plankton Waves’ second EP Songs Of Endings.

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