Destination: Cosmic Doom Galaxy!
With their debut album entitled Horrors Waiting In Line, French duo Vaisseau pushes forward the border of heavy music. Welcome in synth doom territory !
How is the sound ?
Expand our musical horizons and share our fuzzy discoveries with you. From this philosophy comes our motivation to dig, listen to and write about the heavy music we find great. A couple of weeks ago, this same philosophy drove me to Horrors Waiting In Line, the debut album from French duo Vaisseau (synth and drumming). What I discovered is quite unique. Our two French pirates do not want to make heavy music like others. They developed their own way to do so. A mix between electronic music and doom called “synth doom”, that takes place in a cosmic horror show. Very few times I had the opportunity to hear something like this.
First track “The Liberator” opens with synth waves and strange drone machines noises. It sounds like space electronic music first. After a few seconds, comes an energetic drumming pattern and we understand that Horrors Waiting in Line does not look like to what we know. It is electronic and heavy at the same time. The atmosphere feels horrific, cosmic and futuristic. There is something esoteric in the whole sound. This is music we do not know well, but we can already feel its coherence and power.
Music goes on with “Lo Spettro Della Frustrazione”. This one is slower and their doomy inclination is more recognizable. Drumming section beats out the rhythm of this singular exploration. The listener starts wandering in those unknown territories alongside with the synth melody. Electronic patterns give life to a universe that seems to be inhabited. The immersion is total.
After a long electronic and ambient introduction, third track Sonic Dislocation follows the same logic. Drums appear and the music sounds more epic. The atmosphere is darker while deep synth waves reinforce the cosmic horror ambiance that supports the musical narration throughout the entire production. Next track “Ride The Slime” is much shorter (2mn54). The tempo is higher and the thrilling melody made by the synth adds some suspense to the music. Here we are in the heart of Vaisseau musical and visual universe: a futuristic and cosmic horror show.
Then comes “Force Macabre : From Deep Space, Down To The Styx”. The work on the melody with the synth is remarkable and leads the narration while others synth layers bring consistency and complexity to the atmosphere. As the music goes on, we feel that we reach the most intense moment of the space odyssey. Synth-drum duo works wonders. Behind the melody, textures feel unique and fascinating. Psychedelia, that sneaks around the whole album, is at its peak. Last track “A Good Death” concludes the trip softly. The final is more electronic and ambient. We notice a touch of melancholy in the melody. Just like if the journey were too short. Damn, I already want to get on this super Vaisseau again !
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because synth doom is a little explored but very interesting sub genre.
- Because Vaisseau developed its own path to psychedelia.
- Because you probably won’t hear something like this year.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
Perfect music before or after a sci fi movie, serie, book session.
Something particular to note?
Their awesome artwork was made by American artist Jason Wayne Barnett. Don’t hesitate to check its website: https://www.jasonbarnettart.work/
Force Macabre : From Deep Space, Down To The Styx
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