“Silky smooth and stylish, REVGLOW’s “Thisorder” feels like a waking dream. With beautiful textures revealed throughout the album everything feels so lush. Elements of pop weave their way into the mix, as do elements of psychedelic, dub, classical, and even hints of industrial. Tying everything together are the ethereal vocals which seem to come from another world, rising above it all. By allowing for the strong melodies to shine through what is created is an astounding shimmering glimpse of pure joy.With a quiet start is the powerful work of “Bleeding”. From such small beats the song grows larger and ever more commanding. Airy and light is the shimmering minimalism of “Vacuum”. The name is apt as REVGLOW lets the spacious arrangement work to its benefit creating a tense mood that dominates the song. Once all layers come together a kind of elegance emerges from the sound. Large dollops of distortion and satisfying grooves come into view on the colossal at times chaotic arrangement of “Celebrate”. By far the highlight of the collection is the kaleidoscopic rush of color found on “Deep”. REVGLOW bring a little edge on the harsher realm of “Panic” where they allow tension to be an integral part of the proceedings. Echoing handclaps add to the disorienting work of “Weapon”. “Zero” closes the album off with a soothing sea of sound that ebbs and flows ever so slowly.
Unforgettable, REVGLOW’s “Thisorder” shows that their unique sense of song craft is without peer.”
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I am happy to present the fourth album of the REVGLOW project.”
Thisorder is the fourth album from the duo project Revglow. Eight experimental songs where the voice is an instrument, perfectly embedded in the dark pulsations of music. Micro lyrics moved by emotions to express the concept of mental disease: panic, compulsions and the daily struggle to survive.
Recorded, arranged and produced in 2014/2015
Mixed and mastered in 2016 at KrysaliSound Studio
Available in digital format from August, 27… free offer from July 27 to August 27!
Francis M. Gri has impressed on past releases for his own label KrysaliSound, most notably with last year’s ‘Ghost Dreamers Town’. It was an ambient/post-rock album which kept an insistent melodic and rhythmic flow throughout. For revglow, the outlook is very similar but here Gri’s instrumental reverie is augmented by female vocals from fellow Italian, Lilium.
The opening ‘Scars’ is a curious assembly of ghostly female vocals, drum and guitar loops which seems to drift pleasantly by until, after two and a half minutes, the track unfolds into a sequence of hypnotic synth patterns which usher in the soulful singing of Lilium for the first time. ‘Strangers’ is blessed with similar heavenly layers of sound and whilst it may fall into the sphere of dreampop, its roots can also be found in ambient music. An unexpected double bass introduces ‘Phantom Theatre’ but more captivating still are its subtle but relentless rhythms and beats which combine perfectly with the breathless vocals.
This juxtaposition is the key to the album and it can be no coincidence that on its best moments, the urgency of Lilium’s delivery is matched by Gri’s complex arrangements. For ‘This Is The Day’ Lilium resembles a lost siren trapped within walls of shifting beats and ringing guitars and this impression is given further credence on the excellent ‘Seagulls Choir’; one of the more understated tracks which revolves around desolate piano and Lilium’s valedictory cries.
Admittedly, some momentum is lost towards the end of the record, most noticeably on the lighter than air ‘Self Portrait,’ but otherwise this is a deep and moving listening experience. In conclusion, ‘Sound Post Tension’ presents further evidence that Gri’s KrysaliSound empire deserves far more prominence.