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Rawq

by Kilowatts and Vanek

The first trans-Atlantic collaboration between songwriter Peter Vanek and glitch-tronica wizard Jamie Watts (Kilowatts). Beautiful, modern pop music.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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1. Lies
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2. End of Time
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3. Kaliedoscopean Eyes
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4:51 album only
4. Move Erratic
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6:14 album only
5. Conviction
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3:55 album only
6. Nighthawks
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7. Silver Screen (Director's Cut)
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8. Tumblin Down
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9. Waiting Room
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10. Salt
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11. Gone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Rawq" is the first album from the unlikely collaboration of Belgian singer/songwriter Peter Vanek and experienced IDM wizard Jamie Watts (Kilowatts). Licensed from Holophon (Germany) for North America release, "Rawq" is a cutting-edge mixture of glitch-pop, guitar virtuosity, and enchanting songs. Connected by mutual friends, and separated by an ocean, Kilowatts and Vanek set out to create on "Rawq" entirely by trading files over the Internet. Amazingly, they succeeded -- and brilliantly. While Vanek is mostly influenced by artists such as Nick
Drake, Ryan Adams and Lamb, KiloWatts brings elements reminiscent of Autechre, Dntel, and Styrofoam. Full of candid daydreaming, enigmatic confessions, and fairytale-like romanticism, "Rawq" could very well be the perfect poptronica album. Solid beats, smeared granular textures, and haunting melodies all effortlessly combine with Vanek's guitar compositions to produce a profoundly listenable mixture.

Diffusion Records presents "Rawq" in a 6-panel digipak, newly remastered for perfect audio clarity, with artwork by Kari Altmann (blackmothstudios).

"KiloWatts' lush electronic wizardry, combined with the lyrical genius of van Ewijk make it inevitable that this duo will not go unnoticed for long. ..." - Wetworks

ARTIST WEBSITE : http://www.kilowattsandvanek.com


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Wyatt

I'm Glad I got this along with the new IRIS Wrath
I'll keep this short, this is one of them albums that stands out on its own and is great for that. Its creative mix of acustic guitar and great singing broken up with jittery beats and cuts outs and fun effects. Something Similar to Wideband Network, but definitly fits into its own mold. I really like the silver screen and Lies tracks.

The Rebecca Review

Melted Skies and Lucid Dreams
Rawq creates melodies with edgy textures you can fall into and still remain fully awake and intrigued with the lyrics. You can lose yourself in poetic daydreams or stand amazed on the shore of this album.

I like the heartfelt honesty in "End of Time" where Jamie Watts' artistic electronica blends effortlessly with Peter van Ewijk's lyrics. "Silver Screen" seems to be a mirror of the lyrics in "lies."

The entire album is an inner journey that seems born of opposing forces and longings to solve the unsolvable mysteries of existence. One force seems to be calling you inside and the other leading you to escape the silence.

"Gone" is stunning and Vanek's intoxicating voice invites you to lose yourself in his lucid dreams. Vanek has a mysterious presence that inspires you to desire more albums, more albums! I could listen to him singing forever...

~The Rebecca Review

Proteus93

Perhaps an unlikely merging of minds, James Watts and Peter van Ewijk offer evid
Perhaps an unlikely merging of minds, James Watts and Peter van Ewijk offer evidence that fresh ideas are still well abound. "RAWQ" offers a unique glimpse into the minds and worlds of these two young men; offering a listener an hour of euphonic bliss. KiloWatts & Vanek is the aural offspring of a sonorous internet affair between these two individuals who came together as though through an act of destiny. The result came to be heard as a work of magic, entitled 'Lies', taking hold of its initial audience as it is sure to with listeners to come.

'Lies' introduces the listener to a sound which earned the affectionate title of 'popglitch', a rather suitable definition of the music in itself. We are introduced to the light-hearted, quirky, and playful guitar work; harmoniously meshing with Vanek's unique vocal style. Enter captivating percussion and warm DSP synthesis courtesy Mr. Watts, and a sense of perfection ensues. Whimsical percussive and vocal effects define the track, and tease the ear with a sense of suspense, further provoking the listener to continue on the assonant journey being offered to them. Following, we are presented with the gentle and heart-warming 'End of Time', offering a sweet serenity in its subtle beats, and ardent lyrics, further teasing its audience with a suggestive, soothing consistence that could be no further from the truth.

'Kaleidoscopean Eyes' reminds us that the journey is just beginning. Uptempo kicks and a focus on synthesis reach out to the more steadfast electronic audience, asserting that Watts and Vanek have no intention of alienating anyone with their work. Catchy and uplifting, it suggests a subtle urgency at times, catching the attention of the most oblivious of ears, and insisting movement. Barely skipping a beat, it effortlessly flows into the down to Earth melody of 'Move Erratic', perhaps a modest paradox in itself in that the melody and beat is quite accessible and easy to follow. The flow the track lends to the release is a sort of sonic libidinous, leading its enamored listener to carelessly approach the climax of the album as the carefree expressiveness of 'Conviction' announces its presence. Warm bass and sprightly percussion ensure the audience remains enraptured for the oncoming precipitance that follows.

'Nighthawks' is a track designed to appeal to the minimal techno oriented listeners, and suggestively flirts with the dance floor. Van Ewijk's vocals add a sense of completion to the piece, making it a stand out track on the album, and quite a suitable choice for the album climax. That's not to insinuate the following tracks bear any weakness, but rather compliment each remaining with its original flavour. 'Silver Screen (Director's Cut)' nimbly guides us on to the impending end that is indubitably approaching, with an attention commanding presence to it that ensures the listener does not let go prematurely.

'Tumblin' Down' makes a pitstop in the clandestine return to Earth, allowing us to take a deep breath and sink into our seats. Characterized by a concordant acoustic guitar and piano union, it exposes a special taste of KiloWatts' compositional talents. Perhaps the most simplistic in lyrical content, the track allows Vanek to make his point with ease. It carries on into 'Waiting Room', a moving instrumental, complete with a captivating guitar melody. It grants an inside look into the inner workings of the minds of each on a deeper musical level, which commands a level of respect and attentiveness to truly appreciate.

In a final push in tempo, 'Salt' jauntily takes hold of our attention in its merry complaisance, characterized by its waltzing structure until finally closing with the moving 'Gone', soothing and sincere. A wonderful selection to complete the hour, it tugs at heartstrings, taming even the most captious listeners in the entrancing diapason.

Connexion Bizarre

"Rawq" breaks new ground with merging of music styles.
Recently re-released in re-mastered form by Diffusion Records, the debut album from the Belgian-American duo of Peter van Ewijk (vocals and guitar) and James Watts (personal computer) was entirely conceived over the Internet without the musicians meeting in person until after its completion. While this fact could be merely a marketing gimmick it actually becomes quite important when one hears "Rawq", the end result of their collaborative effort.
From the beginning it becomes apparent that Kilowatts and Vanek have succeeded in breaking some new ground with "Rawq" thanks to skillful and very detailed compositions combining IDM, glitch, breakbeats and a pop sensibility with blues influenced moody guitar work and clear vocals. The music in "Rawq" is quite balanced and very consistent whether one looks at the album as a whole or as separate tracks, with most of the songs easily standing on their own and being very catchy.
Lyrically, the songs in "Rawq" are mostly melancholic and somewhat introspective ballads, written with intelligence and feeling. Although it may seem that Peter's vocals are somewhat restricted in range, which eventually adds a touch of repetitiveness to "Rawq", they are still quite good and overall adequate to the songs. Sometimes, his singing is reminiscent of Josh Hayden (from "The Blue Moods of Spain"), particularly in "Tumblin Down" and "Nighthawks", and, in at least one track ("Gone") I can't shake off an association with Brian Molko.
In addition to the opening track, "Lies", tracks like "Kaleidoscopic Eyes", "Conviction" and "Silver Screen (director's cut)" are particularly worthy of mention (and also the catchier songs). It would have been a nice addition to have the video animation for "Lies" (a clip which is available in the duo's website) as an extra to this album but one can't have everything.
Interestingly, despite the combination of what can almost be considered as antagonistic music styles (some of which are certainly acquired tastes), the music of Kilowatts and Vanek is very likely to appeal to the sensibilities of wider, more 'mainstream' audiences. This is one of those memorable albums that should be at least checked out by anyone with some interest in good music.

-- M. [8/10]

Jakob

Awesome
One of the favorite albums! I can't recommend this enough. The wonderful sounds and harmonies combined with Vanek's vocals form a unique sound, a modern descendant of synthpop and progressive electronica. Smooth and jazzy. Immersive and beckoning. You want this CD! :)