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September Malevolence: Our Withers Unwrung

img  Tobias Fischer

If you were among the lucky souls who witnessed September Malevolence at the 2011 edition of the Denovali Swingfest, this is the album to match the gig. And if their performance, with its equally powerful and brittle pieces, its melancholy and sadness, suggested that a more refined balance between guitar, bass and drums was unthinkable, you'll need to think again: This mutation of the post rock virus comes entirely without boredom and predictability.

Instead, the quartet have set their mind to carving out the perfect group sound. September Malevolence already started incorporating the human voice on their second album, and it is this sonic enrichment which makes Our Withers Unwrung even more formidable. By allowing long instrumental passages to emerge from vocal sequences, the album oozes a vivid freshness which few bands of the genre seem to still be capable of evoking. Admittedly, September Malevolence are also making extensive use of arpeggios. But they always manage to award new twists, turns and architectures to them, weaving their songs from new breaks and rhythmical variations only unfolding their intricacies on an all-important second listen.

The result nonetheless sounds comfortably coherent and comes highly recommended even for those who like their rock without post. Our Withers Unwrung tastes of meat and bone alike - just the way it should be, really.

By Hellmut Neidhardt

Homepage: September Malevolence
Homepage: A Tenderversion Recordings

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