Review: Női Kabát – Make Room! Make Room!

a1212866862_10Női Kabát have been on the tapestry for a long time, and I am about to disseminate why this might be a classic with longevity, already. Their first release on aufnahme + wiedergabe, titled “Make Room! Make Room!” features two tracks which I’m going to delve into. I’ve listened to both for a long time and haven’t made up my mind if I really wanted to review it. But here it comes, nevertheless.

When you get into it for the first time, the title-track “Make Room! Make Room!” is the first one to loudly come into the picturesque urban sound-scape, with swirling synthesizers and determined drumming. A ravingly good thing is that they manage to set the mood for the track already in the beginning, as the introductory phase of the song isn’t a pain to listen to or get into. Everything seems to be carefully planned out and set in stone, as they move us into it with a groove that could seldom be heard anywhere – or anyhow – in a setting like this, as our modern world seem to have swallowed most of the retro-fantastic vibes they continually deliver in the introduction. Once the characteristics of the song begin to form themselves, they take the shape of a unimaginable synthesizer that sweeps the floor with my emotions. It’s like you’re being swept away by the callousness of the waves that pulsate through your eardrums, as each hit of the synthesizers magical keys seem to be done with ultimate passion. At the same time that it brings dismay to the table, it also brings an angelic touch that is affecting your own logical dissemination. The sound itself re-sounds through layers of drums, that are being assaulted with impudence. These blows that are delivered are perfectly matching the irreversibly tasteful harmonics that let you acknowledge the vibes that are roaring, throughout. When listening to it, you don’t notice the vocals all that much, as you are too enthralled by the environmentally sonic wonderland that is manifesting itself to the highest degree. But that does not take away the importance of Dee Rüsche, whom does an outstanding job at accompanying this perfected toxin that is simply moving outwardly towards you, lunging at you with the painful reminder of total urban decay.

His vocals are filled with passion, as he sinks his virtual teeth into you for a clinging bite that will absolve your cadaverous existence. He is the total reminder of what their quest seem to be, to remind us of what’s actually happening beside us at this moment. Well, it helps to actually know of this so called “mission“, if it actually is one. But one can read their almost apocalyptic turn in the song into this particular subject. It is pretty obvious what the influence might or might not be, but the emotions that this song bring forth in a human being is so remorseless that it isn’t even funny. If anything at all, this song is the pure anthem for Női Kabát. It is their shell, their core – if you will. The further you get into it, the more disgruntled you’d be. As the sonic landscape shift in between hard-hitting drums, fierce and uncontrollable synthesizers, into a more angelic and spiritual voyage that seems to be there to put you to sleep. Not because it is boring, but because every single nerve in your body is hurting. I can’t actually think of anything that is bad about this song, because everything is so perfected – yet so imperfect at the same time. A balance that is hard to actually allow oneself to follow, but I’d imagine that it would’ve taken time. One can actually, for once imagine – that it’s a mold that is not to be re-used once again. They’ve already done their best to shape it into what it’s become, a taste for music, at the same time a taste of reality. A reality I would like to be a part of. There’s no reason to not actually have this song on a list somewhere, maybe even a top-10. What they’ve done here is a reminder of what people should do more often; build up their own room in this world, so make room for Női Kabát.

As if something hasn’t been described enough, we must sadly depart from that wonderful song and make our way to “Industry“, which is the song on the B-side of this 7¨. It feels like it was a good idea to put this song on that side, because it is much harsher and lack a lot of what they delivered with the first song. It sounds like they’ve given up, which is frankly what they’re doing with this song. The metaphysics are colliding with the idea of themselves, which isn’t good at all, because the metaphysics is exactly what makes Női Kabát so great in the first place. But their approach here is more minimal and less bombastic, which takes away a lot from the mixture that could make the track a lot better. Even though it becomes more bombastic in the middle, as the chorus wails into place, it saves the song as such. The rest of it is just a pure mess which most of those that like the more minimalistic touches that they deliver, will froth over and defend to the last man. I actually abhor everything else on the track when I hear the spastic synthesizers coming in and the continual rhythm that is turned on, which makes me check my pulse, as it pulsates to the motion of “Industry“. But in no way can it match the first song on this 7¨, because a lot of their passion seemed to have went into the first song.

Even though some of the passion is returned in the end, it doesn’t make up for some of the wasted seconds that could’ve went into a more passionate landscape of sound. Somehow, it feels like they’ve inverted everything they once held true with the first track, like they’re rebelling against their self. Putting a megalomaniac at the helm, touching us a last time with their quirky synthesizer-laden mattress, telling us to fear not – because they will be back in one shape or another. If you view it as that, much of it makes even more sense. An experimental move to say “sayonara!“, as the ship is sinking into the wreck of humanity – as the oil is spilling over; as we ignite it. Though it has its moments, it doesn’t really recover, but the end is so incredibly alarming that even those of you that have no pulse, must be shaken to your knees. Which is certainly one of the other good parts about this song, but it doesn’t make it into my harbor, at least. I’d rather see the ship sinking with it’s captain, just so he can save the crew and fade away into the blurred ocean – with dignity. However you choose to view this release, it has already become a classic amongst a lot of people. It’s a shame that it hasn’t reached more people, because it has to. Whether you like it as a whole, or simply one song, it is a landmark for the electronic genre as such and music as a whole. Probably one of the best records released this year, even though some of it really doesn’t make it ashore. They’ve made their mark, which should honor them, and more people need to delve into it. Take it, or leave it – because it’s going to be your last chance.

Premiere: Női Kabát – Make Room! Make Room! [Musicvideo]

The people of Női Kabát have released a music-video in collaboration with ASWESAW (whom produced it), which is an experimental documentary project based out of London. It was directed by Boldizsar CR, DOP by Oskar Proctor, edited by Boldizsar CR, and assisted by Rachel Schoenfeldt. The video itself was filmed six months ago and premiered yesterday. Like the unobservant fool that I am, I evidently missed it. Knowing what their song is all about in the first place, the video makes more sense. Here comes an excerpt from the interview I did with Női Kabát, as Dee Rüsche explains what the song itself is about:

The title comes from the book ‘Make Room! Make Room!’ by Harry Harrison. This was turned into the film Soylent Green. It is generally a story of overpopulation and the decadence in decay that perhaps that would facilitate. I like to think of it as a love song also and a thought that there would still be a way out. These fragile figures ultimately burn in the fire like the human race is heading towards.

It becomes evident that the video is all about the same thing. I find it to be equally as masterful as the video for “Underpass“, by John Foxx. That particular song was influenced a lot by J.G. Ballard and takes up the topic of total urban decay, along with the sentiment of overpopulation. Detachment from humans as such and humanity as a whole. Whilst this is an interesting comparison, one must not forget some of the joyous elements that Női Kabát carry in their song – which is worlds apart from the indifferent and nostalgic nature of “Underpass“. It’s almost as if there’s something enjoyable in humanity’s own doom. But there’s also the indifference that John Foxx carries within his song. So much of it can be compared, even though they’re forty years apart. Maybe it’s because the same topic is even more relevant now then it was back then. It feels like he was a prophet of some sort. Anyway, enough of this and more of Női Kabát. You can watch their music-video up top and actually order from their new batch of “Make Room! Make Room!” 7¨’s, as [aufnahme+wiedergabe] rolls out a second edition, limited to 200 and in black vinyl. Which are available now, over here.

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Interview with Női Kabát!

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Photograph by: Cserkúti György

Női Kabát is one of the most interesting acts coming out of Europe in these times. It consists of three people, namely Dee Rüsche (Lungs / Metal), Owen Pratt (Synthesis / Noise) and Jonas Ranssøn (Simmons / Live Drums). One of the unique things that have shaped them is the fact that they’re situated in different cities. Considering the fact of how hard it is to keep something going, when you live so far away from each other. Yet, they’ve managed to strike the public with their immerse first release “Make Room! Make Room 7¨“, which was released by aufnahme + wiedergabe. It sold out very quickly. The music itself is bordering on synth-pop, new beat and cold wave – to name a few genres which have set root with them. Since people began to talk about them, revere them with kind words, they set out upon a Summer-tour in Europe. It’s when I came in to the picture. After reading a few interviews that had been conducted with them, learning a bit more about them, it felt like I missed something. Therefore, I decided to get in touch with them and do an interview with them. This is probably one of the more in-depth interviews out there, so I hope you learn something new and like what you’re reading. Or you might hate it, for all I know. But I did my best. In this interview, we get to know more about them personally, their influences, the origins of “Make Room! Make Room!” and much more. Get in line, read it up.

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