Cryptic aesthetics are what the Italian post-punk group Caesar Circles want to showcase. For some reason I think about Dan Brown and his book “Da Vinci Code” when I see the illustrious artwork representing their first release “E n c r y p t i c“. An upside to what they’ve done with their four-tracked release is that they’re singing in English, because I personally can’t stand post-punk from Southern Europe whom choose to vocalize their songs through their native language. What I can endure is post-punk in the Icelandic, Swedish, or English language. There’s really something unique about the Anglo-saxon influence and feature that make it worthwhile. When it comes to their post-punk, musically they have a touch of that melancholic sound that combines alternative rock, post-punk, new-wave and psychedelic influences.
The up-tempo and melodic content that gets through the cracks thanks to an overt new-wave touch make it all the merrier to enjoy. It is really enjoyable that they’ve chosen to route it through a hint of psychedelia just to give it a bit more of a unique sound. Though I am really not a fan of the post-punk that is underlying, when the sound is bridged to the chorus and back again. But I must admit that Caesar Circles make the best of it but I think the general carelessness in the singer’s voice is hard to bear. Because they unfortunately drift too far away from the originality they deliver with post-punk, when they grasp new-wave too much and almost delve into indie-pop territory. Other then that, I really enjoy the darker touches that gets applied to the sound-scape whenever post-punk seeps through the cracks and when you hear a psychedelic riff tearing through and bringing forth another part of a song.
You should listen to it because it is a worthwhile release, as it’s mostly intriguing to listen to. It features the four tracks “Control“, “Wall of secrets“, “Rough Trade” and “I/O“. Personally, I find “Control” to be the best song on the album. Caesar Circles is Simone Cetorelli (song), Andrea Triestino (guitars), Paolo Fraddosio (bass) and Alessandro La Rosa (drums). The album was recorded at VDSS Recording Studio and the artwork was crafted by Alessandro La Rosa. Stream the album in its entirety down below.
The first thing I would think about when it comes to classic industrial music is – provocation. Many of the artists and groups from back then gained notoriety by doing just that. Whether it came to taboo non-politically correct topics about virtually anything that doesn’t hold root in modern society. Often challenging the “norms” of yesteryear. When it comes to White Christian Male (Dennis Hudson), I don’t really think it holds up to that standard – considering that the tables are now turned and political correctness seep through everything. I’m not sure if he’s trying to be provocative with the name “White Christian Male“, or if he’s paying heed to the white christian male. But it surely is an eye-catcher which makes you want to see what it is like beneath the layer of provocation – intentional or not. His music can be held to a higher degree because of his sheer craftsmanship when it comes to the beats, atmosphere and whatnot. Everything falls in place with an interesting sound.
It came as a surprise to hear a darkwave-coated synth-pop sound when you see the iconography and plus one with one. This held true when it came to his older tracks, which are actually pretty good considering how lame darkwave tend to be in most cases. Since then, he’s transcended his old sound which was marked for departure with his track “Live It Down” on the Chromatin Records compilation “Artificial Selections“. Note that he’s not left the influences taken from darkwave, but rather stripped the melodious synth-pop sound and put a harsh industrial surface down instead. Even though it holds true to some of his other tracks, like covers of “Blue Monday” and “Warm Leatherette” – he’s simulated his way through experimentation – paying his dues to ambient as well. Before he went all out industrial, his covers show an organic process of ridding the more melodious content, stripping the sound down and going into industrial for real – but only in the rhythmically and melodious sense to begin with.
Therefore I have gotten a track from him, namely the seventh track from his forthcoming release on Chromatin Records. The track is titled “Infection” and is featured on an album that will go by the name of “The Jagged Womb“. Hear the mangling sounds that will make a resounding noise each time it crackles skulls. A barren industrial landscape with bleak metal as the only surface you’ll ever feel. Dive down into a steel-bath which is only preserved to hold the utmost contempt towards humanity. A pain that is so real that you can feel it, feel it linger down your spine and leave you breathless. It is an immense experience to listen to “Infection” and I now get to share it with you exclusively. It features a long industrial opening, a first part if you will, which by the second half of it turns into a maelstrom of darkwave, minimal synth and industrial combined. Stream it exclusively down below and see to it that you buy his album when it comes out on Chromatin Records – in October.