Mercurine | Waiting For Another Fall

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Waiting For Another Fall

by Mercurine

Delicate female vocals echo over a soundscape of raw ethereal experiments and accidental pop songs
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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1. The Wish
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2. Bluemouse
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3. August In Hell
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4. Format HD
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5. Nu Groove
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6. Copper Rain
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7. Sunlightgreyskies
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8. Strangetimeslove
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9. Another Ending
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mercurine is edgy electro rock with delicate introspection. Dreamy synths interwoven through a wash of guitar feedback ride a pulse of heavy beats to create a lush background for distinctive vocals. The lyrical meanings come from within; frequently personal, often social, always emotional.


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Jacob Bogedahl

The members of Mercurine have been dazzling music fans with their involvement in
After the release of the debut album Music is Chemical, I was instantly hooked as a fan. While I still enjoy that debut album thoroughly today and continue to listen to it on a regular basis, I have been wanting to hear something new from the band for a while. As an excellent way to start out the new year they have released the short sophomore work titled Waiting For Another Fall. The album includes everything fans may have enjoyed from the first album in a light-hearted, emotional and sincere way. Great electronics combine with smooth vocals, strong bass, moving percussion and nice guitar among a myriad of other instruments.

Fans of this band may have already heard the starting track "The Wish" as a teaser the band posted to their member group site a while ago. This excellent piece kicks off the album with their signature electronics and Mera's vocals. It builds up to a smooth, mid-tempo track that really takes me back to the great New Wave music. The bass really comes out strong throughout this and other parts of the album. One thing that really pulls the entire album together into one cohesive work is the way many of the tracks fade into the other, or for those that don't, the transition is solid and catchy. "Bluemouse" picks up this way without a segue, but with solid percussion into a moving track with whispered vocals and plenty of the great new wave elements we've grown to love.

There are a couple of psychadelic moments that take the listener off on a tangent, but each is done with a smooth transition. "August in Hell" is one of these, although it almost sounds like this was prematurely split from the previous track "Bluemouse". Some of these transitions and continuations have certainly made it hard to take single tracks and present them as radio selections. "Copper Rain" is another of these that seem like a continuation of the previous track. "SunlightGreySkies" is a perfect example of the psychadelic tangent mentioned above. It certainly provides a little "grey matter" for the album and a slight distraction from the fun, upbeat, yet emotional and melancholy tracks.

After drifting along through the album to this point, we're brought to the incredibly catchy and upbeat track "StrangeTimesLove". This has quickly become a favorite of mine with it's fun little synth loops and the incredible work on the bass and other guitars. At nearly eight minutes long, you almost wish it would go on for another ten minutes when you get to the end, it's really that addictive and catchy. As this excellent piece winds down, it slowly drifts into an ethereal / neo-classical music fan's dreamworld as Mera pulls out her cello and shows the world her part in making Black Tape for a Blue Girl famous. "Another Ending" is this excellent finale which continues to combine much of the melodic intervals presented in the album which gives it such an emotional, yet positive and upbeat sound, but tones it all down into a dreamy classical piece with the cello being the main focus that leaves the listener spellbound and longing for more as the album comes to a close.

This long-awaited follow-up work is everything fans could hope for, except that it's too short! At just over 30 minutes running time, it will leave fans wanting more for sure.

Rating: 4.5/5

Andy N

A bit of a surprise is an understatement...
To say this album came as a bit of a surprise is a bit of a understatement.

As regular visitors to "Setting Sun" will notice I interviewed Merurine orginally back in 2003 in relation to their "Music is Chemical" album which for a better word was a great mixture of almost Depeche Mode meets Evanscence, so when I put the new CD into my CD player I was expecting perhaps something similar.

....... Which couldn't be further away from the truth here

While on the new album, the synths are still in place, here they are much, much darker (aside from the first track “The Wish and the finale “Another Ending” – both of which seem like a prelude and a ending to the album and the darkness that exists in the middle off it) and backed up nicely by a increased use of live drumming, which allows Bryon and Mera to play around with distorted keyboards and Mera's vocals which on the first album sung almost like an angel, which now used to completely different effect and be it for a better word now sounds like more than the devil whispering, speaking and singing sometimes in the same breathe.

Take for example the second track “Bluemouse” – there is a real edge in this track that is far removed from the first album “Music is Chemical” and kind of reminds me of Curve in the way Toni Halliday from Curve sings vocals that are sometimes mixed low enough to make you listen to over and over to grasp the full meaning.

Used over and over on most of the tracks in the album, it gives you the sound much more of a album recorded pretty well recorded live (which is interesting as I know the band have certainly been playing more and more gigs since the 1st album) and a band that shows a band that is growing more and more comfortable with the technology they are using and not waiting for another fall…

Good stuff…

Andy N

Synthpop.net

More moody, Atmospheric.. but great!
This is Mercurine's second album, following the 2002 debut album "Music Is Chemical", again released on the band's own label Heads on Sticks. This second album finds Mercurine taking on a more atmospheric, moody sound and combining it with their signature sound to create a fascinating 30 minute sonic experience.

"The Wish" starts the album out in excellent form, with a moody isolated vocal and synth line that slowly builds the song in a tense manner that builds into a subdued, but highly effective manner that is very hard to put into words... but it just is amazing to experience. "Bluemouse" has a certain menace to the whispered vocals that the almost casual music in the background only serves to emphasize and amplify. "Nu Groove" probably gets the most noisy of the tracks here, but still is more of a moody soundscape than a out-and-out rock song. "Strangetimeslove" is the other true highlight of the album, a epic New Wave/synthpop hybrid that includes a very, very catchy synth core and a very New Order-esque chorus that gets glued into my head very easily. The moody cello driven instrumental "Another Ending" that closes out the album somehow seems very fitting.. as if the change awaited in the metaphor in the title is still awaited, but drawing ever nearer. Quite cool.

In summary, Mercurine have really delivered a excellent second album here. Polished, professional and very emotive, this is a album not to be missed!