North Sea Navigator | Among The Dead City

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Among The Dead City

by North Sea Navigator

"Solemn pianos and dark and droning synths mingle with shimmering folk songs, the result of which is a timeless and fascinating album. Definitely worth a long, attentive listen. 8/10." (Amy McGill, Rock Sound Magazine, January 2010)
Genre: Electronic: Folktronic
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1. Death Strip
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2. Die Hunde
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3. Your Days Are Numbered
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4. Puzzle Women
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5. Gestalt
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6. Gong IV
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7. Honecker
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8. Peeping Tom
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9. Stasi
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10. Mielke
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11. Among The Dead City
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Rock Sound: 8/10
"Something of a concept album here, 'Among The Dead City' deftly stitches together acoustic ballads, minimalist electronica and various snatches of manipulated audio to apparently reflect a reality 'seen through the death mask of a Soviet satellite state'. This is certainly a moving and compelling listen which succeeds in bearing a fully realised musical narrative from sonic fragments, by extension reconstructing the political upheavals of post-wall Berlin. Solemn pianos and dark and droning synths mingle with shimmering folk songs, the result of which is a timeless and fascinating album. Definitely worth a long, attentive listen." (Amy McGill, Rock Sound Magazine, January 2010)

"From what little info I can cobble together it seems as though this charmingly arigato-pak'd album was devised as a wee bit of a concept effort with a post-Soviet Eastern Bloc sort of feel, something which titles like 'Die Hunde', 'Gestalt', 'Honecker', 'Stasi' and 'Mielke' give a bit of a clue to I guess. Stylistically this seems to be split between chant-like ballads accompanied by delicately picked acoustic guitar (which is very nicely recorded I have to say) and fantastically textural pieces of subtle electronica which really paint melancholic pictures of the downtrodden, rained-on urban landscapes they seem to be trying to evoke. Places eternally stuck between the present and the past. Recordings/samples from the field also pop up from time to time, further strengthening the sense of place that runs through these tracks. I reckon there's plenty of you out there who'll be well into this." (Brett, Norman Records)

"The fabulous North Sea Navigator blend strings, portentous piano, quietly malevolent harmonies and softly abrasive FX. Deliciously pretty but subtly unsettling, like 'It's A Wonderful Life' with Jimmy Stewart replaced by Klaus Kinski." (Julian Owen, Venue Magazine, 22–31 January, No.903)

"This is definitely an album with the lights off, darkness being the natural hiding place for the evil of the Earth. It is an uncomfortable listen, a tale of gross corruption and widespread fear. The highlights of this album are the atmospheric static hisses and glitchy noises made from found fragments of audio. These audionic crunches and whispers give the album its brooding atmosphere, its claustrophobic darkness and its arresting power." (Chris Watson, unpeeled)

"Delicately arranged, atmospheric vignettes dipping into the darkness of human experience. On latest LP 'Among The Dead City', cinematic, unhurried piano, acoustic guitar and instrumental soundscaping weave to tell tales of those lost amid the terror and suspicion in Stasi-controlled Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Compelling, cerebral stuff." (Mike White, Venue Magazine, January 2010)


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