Emile — The Black Spider / Det Kollektive Selvmord (May 1, 2020)DENMARK FLAG                                                                Emile — The Black Spider / Det Kollektive Selvmord (May 1, 2020)  Emile — The Black Spider / Det Kollektive Selvmord (May 1, 2020)Emile říká: „Vítejte v mém podivném snu. Časová prodleva života a smrti na okamžik plyne. Zachyceno v 11 melancholických a tajemných, ale zároveň podivně známých písních. Album sahá od bezstarostných šedesátých let samotářského folku přes živější psychedeliku a hraniční surrealistiku. Upřímně doufám, že se vám tato nahrávka bude líbit, a to jak v bezstarostných dopoledních hodinách, tak v tichém rozjímání.“
Melancholický a záhadný, ale zároveň podivně povědomý. Kombinace surrealistických zvukových scén a výrazného psaní písní ve stylu šedesátých let se jejich psychedelický samotářský folkový debut propojují do podivného snu. Ten, co ukazuje stranu reality příliš zvláštní, než aby ji bylo možné pozorovat jiným způsobem. Frontman skupiny The Sonic Dawn, pracující s akustickou kytarou a neodbytnými aranžemi představuje jedinečnou kulisu, na které se písně o smrti, životě, ztrátách a strachu ze stárnutí rozplývají společně s dystopickým pohledem do blízké budoucnosti naší civilizace.
«Realita je někdy tak bizarní, že surrealistické vyobrazení je vaší nejlepší šancí dívat se přímo na ni. Zdálo se mi přirozené psát texty v dánštině. Psaní v mém mateřském jazyce bylo nejpřímější formou komunikace s lidmi v mém okolí. Zároveň to byl způsob, jak to ponechat téměř cizím a nechat hudbu mluvit za vše. Nakonec mnoho našich problémů pramení z nepochopení. Doufám, že se vám tato nahrávka bude líbit, ať už hledáte klidné místo nebo reflexi. Vězte, že jsem našel určitou naději a optimismus ve vkládání slov a hudby do těchto myšlenek.»EmileLocation: Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Folk
Album release: May 1/22nd May, 2020
Record Label: Heavy Psych Sounds
Duration:     39:06
Tracks:
01. Birds Fall   3:30
02. The Black Spider   4:37
03. Weight Of The World   3:36
04. Step Into The Universe   3:07
05. Life Upside Down   4:38
06. At se ud over sig selv   4:15
07. I Krystalkuglens Skær   2:24
08. Det Kollektive Selvmord   4:38
09. Bundløs   2:46
10. Undergangen   3:38
11. Spirer   1:56
Personnel:
♦  Emil Bureau: Instruments, Vocals
♦  Erik Errka Petersson: Organ [Hammond]
♦  Niels Bird Fuglede: Bass 
♦  Jonas Waaben: Drums, Percussion
♦  Jonas Waaben, Niels Bird Fuglede: Written~by [Co~written]   3  
Credits:
♦  Recorded at: Voks
♦  Mixed at: Voks
♦  Produced at: Voks
♦  Pressed: GZ Media, 202787E
♦  Mastered at: Svenska Grammofonstudion Mastering
♦  Recorded, Mixed, Produced at: The Village Recording
♦  Robin Gnista: Design
♦  Hans Olsson Brookes: Mastered
♦  Niels Bird Fuglede: Photography
♦  Emil Bureau, Thomas Vang: Recorded by, Producer
All songs are written by Emil Bureau, except for At se ud over sig selv, which is co~written with Niels Bird Fuglede and Weight of the World which is co~written with Niels Bird Fuglede & Jonas Waaben.
Instruments and vocals by Emil Bureau. Additional instruments: Hammond Organ on Birds Fall, I Krystalkuglens Skær and Mellotron on Weight of the World by Erik Errka Petersson. Drums and Percussion on Weight of the World, Life Upside Down and Det Kollektive Selvmord by Jonas Waaben. Bass guitar on Weight of the World by Niels Bird Fuglede.
Recorded and produced by Emil Bureau and Thomas Vang in Voks Recording and The Village Recording, Copenhagen. Mastering by Hans Olsson Brookes in Svenska Grammofon Studion Mastering, Gothenburg. Design by Robin Gnista. Cover photo by Niels Fuglede.
Released on May 1st 2020 by Heavy Psych Sounds.
Review
⇑ Rosie Solomon ⌊May 19, 2020⌋ Score: 9/10
EMILE, previously of The Sonic Dawn, is branching out on his own for the first time, and presents The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord, a hazy dream of a psychedelic record where nothing is as it seems. The Black Spider/Det Kollektive Selvmord is a haunting look at the human condition which pulls no punches yet remains optimistic and hopeful in its conclusions. It melds personal anxieties with universal themes and real with surreal, sci~fi themes. Songs about death, life, loss and fear of growing old melt together with a dystopian look into the near future of our civilisation.
Predominantly making use of psychedelic folk instrumentation, taken directly from the Grantchester Meadows era of PINK FLOYD’s discography, the sound expands and deepens, twisting and turning into unexpected areas and avenues. The effect is truly haunting — unsettling passages are nestled between warm and cosy wild west guitar slides on the title track The Black Spider so expertly that you barely notice when things begin to get creepy. It’s a beautiful, sad, longing and lamenting feeling, but at the same time sounds uplifting, as if looking up from the bottom of a well at a starry night sky and marvelling at the minuscule amount of beauty that there still is in the world.  
The use of EMILE’s native tongue, Danish, only adds to this mystical and otherworldly feel. EMILE succeeds in his mission to make this music sound both alien and familiar — the absence of understandable lyrics for anyone who doesn’t speak Danish means that the music has to do the talking, which it does, translating emotions into melodies and instrumentation despite the lack of overt communication. The album divides neatly into two halves — the first recorded in English, and about more personal themes and with a warm feeling, whilst the second moves into stranger and more unsettling territory.
It is, in fact, the instrumental tracks where EMILE truly shines; Bundlos and album closer Spirer are both album highlights. Opener Birds Fall is another standout from the half of the album recorded in English, as is Weight of the World, both personal meditations on the anxieties of everyday life which are nevertheless all too universal as well; and yes, also smacks of — you’ve guessed it — PINK FLOYD.
This is a really impressive move from EMILE, who is working as a solo artist for the first time. The album is wildly speculative and ineffable, yet retains a grounded sense throughout, experimenting with old styles of writing and instrumentation in a way which makes them sound fresh. An album that is as multi~faceted and colourful as the cover in which it is presented, you won’t regret giving this a listen.
https://distortedsoundmag.com/album-review-the-black-spider-det-kollektive-selvmord-emile/
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