Thursday, 30 September 2010

IDJ magazine album review

October 2010 issue.

Passarella Death Squad are not the band to listen to if you fancy an upbeat romp with your mates on a Friday night. Taking their cue from the goth-tronic tendencies of The Knife, this London-based outfit delve deep into the abyss, offering a slow moving dirge of unsettling tension and minimal, mystical atmospherics. It could easily go very wrong indeed but, as it turns out, their debut album is quietly stunning, wrapping Emilie Albisser's pagan lyrics in unobtrusive production and plumes of primordial fog. Echoing Marlene Dietrich, Cocteau Twins, and the criminally underrated Colder, it's a stark uncompromising, remorselessly downbeat work. Look out.

9 out of 10

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