Friday, February 12, 2016
As we've already praised "Man vs. Air" , a video take-out from Mary Ocher + Your Government's self-titled, early-January released album put on the circuit via Hans Joachim Irmler's Klangbad label in early January, a few weeks ago for being a hypermodernistic approach to PostPunk and (No)Wave it's now about time to take a closer look on the longplay piece itself which is, to come up with short verdict, a highly recommended one. Psyching her audience out with the non-vocals of the opening "#&*", fusing dreamy spheres and dramatic, undeniable Siouxsie Sioux-references in the storming "Dream X3" and coming across in a more stripped-down Goth manner through "A New Language" the first three songs alone prove that this album is a must and "The Sound Of War" only adds up to that, weighing in highly anthemic potential, war drums and acoustic guitars somewhat reminiscent of medieval highlands. "In Drag" is a rock solid dancefloor filler for PostPunk- and Advanced Indie-parties sporting high pitched vocals on overdrive, "Now (Fear)" is a dark'ish ballad with a tongue-in-cheek twist and the instrumental cut "The Howl" brings in sweet, uplifting twang guitars with a western movie feel to round things off nicely. Furthermore "Calvary" sees the Russia-born artist on a Spoken Word vs. cascading synths and tribalistic rhythms tip before the final song "I Am Tree" brings in some experimental Artschool Pop for those who know. Get!