Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Album Review: Zombelle & Myrrh Ka Ba - Tropicult
Another day, another blog and another album from a band I've never heard of until this. For once I'm also reviewing an EP, which is kind of nice because now I've got an excuse for having a short and shitty review. There's very little information I can find on this, but what I did find is that this EP is a collaboration between Zombelle and Myrrh Ka Ba (cool names). Zombelle brings the vocals to the table of this album while Myrrh Ka Ba brings some interesting experimental electronic music.
This EP from the start is pretty chill in its electronic beginning and layered over this is the beautiful vocals of Zombelle, with this being my first listen to her voice it is quite nice and mixes well with the music. The first track Bad creation shows off some great variation with the halfway point introducing a nice little beat hat adds to the almost wub like sounds before this.
The next track Beach Blanket starts with Zombelle breathing really heavy, its pretty weird and then the electronics come in. The electronics on this album as a whole are great and really are experimental as fuck, you certainly have no idea where they are going throughout the song and at times are really minimal. I also get the feeling that everything sounds so subtle, nothing is over the top and the layers of electronic sound mix so well and the vocals merely top it off to give it that extra layer. The moment that cements this as a pretty cool EP is the track Street Sharks, its full of really dark sounds, the atmosphere in the sounds are really strong and the fading vocals are only adding to the great sense of dark atmosphere this track protrays.
There isn't a lot wrong with this album, the electronics are really cool and the vocals work well with it all, if anything it just underwhelms me slightly. That might be because there is so much more that could be done, but at only 20 minutes is stopped before it can go anywhere. I feel over all this is just a taster to what can be done by this collaboration but at this stage it looks great and hopefully at some stage they do something more substantial.
Overall Rating: 8/10