|Band:||Closed Room / Lunacy / La Ville Des Rêves|
|Label:||Valse Sinistre Productions|
We are getting more and more used to reviewing releases that are musically distant from metal and also geographically far from the locations that usually host this kind of projects. Time for me to introduce to you an intriguing split release published by the Romanian label Valse Sinistre Productions, featuring an emerging Belarusian experimental trio called Closed Room and two side-projects of its members, namely Lunacy and La Ville Des Rêves. The physical release came out in December 2014 and it is the one we are reviewing here.
Closed Room had already explored many facets of atmospheric music with their eponymous LP debut in 2012 — including trip-hop, shoegaze, and post-metal — and "Triangular Cinema" is a great way of taking our first steps in such a diverse musical environment. The opener "Surrender" is an invitation to temporarily give up our disbelief and plunge into the ethereal atmospheres created by the Belarusian combo, with a dreamy and nostalgic tinge that sets the tone for what it is to come. "Dancing In The Dark" speeds things up a little bit and ventures into slightly more "poppish" realms, and an official video was shot for it as well. With "Laura Palmer Theme" Closed Room paid the debt due to David Lynch's conceptual world and its sounds, the closest thing to metal included by the trio on here.
As Lunacy sets foot on stage, we can immediately perceive a change of pace. The vocalist Morena enters revivalist post-punk territories with "One Life Song", further expanding the range of influences involved in the making of this compilation. Their third song "Sound Of The Storm" proceeds with a quasi-gothic rock melancholy, but I must admit that this is the project that gave me the most generic impression among these three.
Things change once again with La Ville Des Rêves, where Closed Room's musician AN23 is joined by the singer Katherine Meteora and we are welcomed by a speech that introduces the eponymous nine-minute experimental blackgaze epic (a bit out of place when compared to the rest of the compilation, but a solid track nonetheless). We know by now that this Belarusian group of musicians really enjoys playing around with different genres and vibes, and the following two songs are yet another proof of it, going as far as to cover Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" at the end.
All in all, I can say that this split release is a condensed gallery of the experiences of all Closed Room's members, spanning from metal all the way to trip-hop and dream pop to name a few. The result is mostly enjoyable, although at times somewhat inconsistent, and will appeal to people interested in the trends of '90s underground music. There is very little metal in here, so don't expect to hear traces of it in every single song.