(2008) Amorine Queen

18Th Dye

... read moreReturning from a near-decade hiatus, cult-fave German/Danish dronemeisters 18th Dye do more than replicate their Sonic Youth leanings of yore on AMORINE QUEENS. Indisputable touches of late-period Clash (check the Mick Jones riff that opens “Go ’n’ Go”) and even late-’70s Fleetwod Mac (note the...

38′:42″ 12 Songs

1
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Island Vs Island
4:26
2
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Soft The Hard Way
2:41
3
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Chinese Spoon
3:03
4
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Go 'N' Go
2:30
5
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Big Sky
2:21
6
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Amorines
4:17
7
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On Waking Up
1:25
8
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Is
3:07
9
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Backdoor
3:40
10
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Text Is My Killer
2:54
11
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Song For Helen
3:32
12
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Air
4:46
Released 31 March 2008, ℗ Crunchy Frog

Review

Returning from a near-decade hiatus, cult-fave German/Danish dronemeisters 18th Dye do more than replicate their Sonic Youth leanings of yore on AMORINE QUEENS. Indisputable touches of late-period Clash (check the Mick Jones riff that opens “Go ’n’ Go”) and even late-’70s Fleetwod Mac (note the surprising, somewhat deconstructed emulation of “Tusk”’s arrangements on “Big Sky”) find their way in between bass-driven punk dirges (“Is”) and more familiarly angular fuzz fests (“Text Is My Killer”). Both violent and sweet, delicate and abrasive (thanks in large part to a seductive female-vocal presence), if not always reinventing even its own wheel, AMORINE is worthy of being crowned a welcome return for a band who executed their chosen sound as well as anyone.