Plankton Waves - Unduriel

5 songs
21:00 minutes
***** ***
Schnurstrax / Songs For Ben


In the early years of the millennium, Helena Dyboek and Ole Sandström brought ass rock to Luxembourg. For lack of finding a suitable drummer, their band John McAsskill soon threw in the towel, and they continued with a new musician in a more minimalist direction with their new outfit Minipli. Last year their EP I Go Boom! saw the band embracing a very disco and hardly anymore minimal sound, and soon afterwards, that band went boom too!

Returning to their minimalist intentions, Dyboek and Sandström decided to continue as a duo with their newest incarnation Plankton Waves, and the first EP Unduriel didn’t take much time to see the light of day. The stylish artwork by German artist Anja Millen gives the listener instantly the urge to discover what the two musicians have come up with this time. The opener The Lights Of Marfa, which features Lisa Berg on Cello and Roxane Birch on violin and upright bass, makes it clear from the start that the sparkly bright disco days are over. The instrumentation, consisting of guitar, synthesizers and beat machine, is sparse, Helena is solely in charge of the vocal duties, creating an oppressive atmosphere within a nearly five minute long track that smartly manages to build up a blistering tension. The following Buy Happiness continues in a similarly dark direction and features some nice, deeply throbbing synth basses. The centrepiece of the EP is the six minute long Wastelands which perfectly sums up what Plankton Waves is standing for. Psychedelic synthesizers, dry guitar chords, an ancient sounding beat machine make the perfect backdrop for the slightly monotonous vocals. The last two tracks, Hawk and La Strada, can’t quite match the quality of what preceded, but I am certain that Plankton Waves are able to churn out some more of those classy pieces that started their EP.

Just like Minipli, Plankton Waves also add a lot of drama to their music, starting with their weird dressing code, but also noticeable within their conjuring songwriting. But that’s where the parallels end, as Unduriel is a new beginning of a duo whose mission it is to explore the darker areas of minimalism. As such, this is a very promising start, making their audiences lust for more.

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