Label: Noise Appeal Records released 2/2019
The White Stripes – or Magnuson – are proof that a duo can create a lot of noise and appealing Rock songs. But piano and drums plus vocals? Does that work? The Austrians Bernd Supper and Hannes Moser alias Scarabeusdream show us on their third album (produced by Johannes Cap) – YES.
I can tell you that this is no “background music” … as those musicians obviously cannot roam the stage, the vocal performance includes all the action. Hence be prepared for a roller coaster ride that includes smooth ballads and Elektro-Pop (Gee!) as well as Posthardcore-Noise. This duo combines the atmosphere of Pink Floyd with the excessive expression of The Who, and occasionally I have to think of David Bowie or Prince (see video below). The most extreme and intense moments remind me of fellow countrymen Dornenreich … and they even channel Tom Waits (Laisser Faire), before „Elvis“ provides an epic finale.
No idea which genre, or how to rate it – but just the unique creativity deserves recognition. The CD sounds strangely appealing, or better, has a hypnotic effect but also has an atmosphere of danger about it – as if Kaa lures you into her den to have you for lunch… but check it out for yourselves HERE.