StrangeZero
Newborn Butterflies


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
April 7th, 2010 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All of my dreams become realities, and some of my realties become dreams

Sometimes saying so little can mean so much more. Without a dialogue to propel a story forward, what we’re left to rely on is thought and feeling to flesh out the unsung narrative. And while it remains entirely subjective and completely interpretive as to how everything plays out, it needs to be said that weaving tales without words can sometimes serve up the most beautiful of stories. Enter Strangezero, who for the better part of the last decade, have crafted intimate and, occasionally jarring, dark ambient tracks designed to provoke and tantalize in equal measures. It’s a dark soundscape that moves through different moods and reflections, always hinting at deeper meanings and thoughts, but never pressing to reveal its point. While it took a few years for the band to find their feet, they have since crafted some of the most subtly intricate and stark music in recent years. Coming off the unnerving disparity of 2008’s The Neverlands was never going to be an easy task, but with Newborn Butterflies, Strangezero have once again proven their mastery of the subtle yet all consuming.

Opening track, ‘Ikebana’, comes off as a hypnotic lullaby; its punches and hooks are subtle and slight, yet filled with endless amounts of weight behind them. ‘Different Feelings’ follows on with its bursts of synths caught in the mesh of echoed percussion, like piercing morning sunlight caught behind a webbed veil. Like waking in the midst of a dream, the sampled female vocals entice with an angelic welcoming, offsetting the scattered drumlines. Everything cuts like glass, be it the shrill and ghostlike piano notes to the smokey beats, they all resonate and push through the dream like nature created by this album. Everything is straight to the point with not a second wasted for each song to push its point onto you. Every track feels like a blistering outpouring of emotion and feeling, before the moment is up and replaced with another. Every cut, while relying on both beauty and harshness, fill themselves with a very real sense of numbness. Almost detached from some loose concept of a reality, the album exists in its own space and its own time, its own fractured existence. There’s a real sense of want, a burning desire to need. A kind of eternal longing that is ultimately left unresolved by album’s end.

‘Mirteaux’ kicks things up a notch, not so much in tone, but it almost feels like a progression has been made. With its laid back and glitchy beat coasting over a typical ‘Saturday night special’ synth line creating an almost uplifting vibe, it almost feels cathartic and jarring when compared to the somber and dark textures painted by its predecessors. ‘Psylence’ follows in a similar fashion, pounding enough to register on a higher scale, yet still hypnotic enough to remain deeply entrenched within your sub consciousness. But its only a reprieve, a slight departure from the underlying coldness that seeps throughout. Almost like a brief glimmer of hope being shunned for a more trustworthy despair.

This isn’t an album that will appeal to everyone, in fact there are probably more than a few people who will write it off as being too “simple”. And to a point they would be right, despite being big on “sensory overload” every note is given plenty of time to breathe and grow. Nothing is cluttered, relying more on subtlety than forcefulness to work its magic, every rise and fall is allowed to be relished and savored. The little story contained within the confines of these 13 tracks is a delight to hear unfold, and if Newborn Butterflies tells us one thing it’s this: the story tellers have returned with more fine wares to sample.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


This album, as well as their entire discography, can be (legally) downloaded through Jamendo: http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/strangezero/

Metalstyles
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


8567 Comments


what is this I don't even...

good review man

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


You seem confused man

Metalstyles
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


8567 Comments


naah not confused, but this just sounds really peculiar for some reason

EDIT: prolly because my head is thick from this goddamn illness I'm in

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


This might help

Mature Audience:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oJ0bViGRdQ
Ikebana:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqC22tAtgLo
Newborn Butterflies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq7P_66fdkg

Metalstyles
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


8567 Comments


k so those three are actually all pretty cool, but I wouldn't listen to a full album filled with this kind of stuff. It's not bad, just not something I'd listen to during extended time periods

Ponton
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


6100 Comments


mature audience sounds fantastic. I really like this, I think I will actually aquire this now, especially since its free haha

ace review sir

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


just not something I'd listen to during extended time periods

Yeah man, its by no means an 'everyday' type of album, really good when you're lying in bed at night though
I think I will actually aquire this now, especially since its free haha

You'll find a whole bunch of stuff like this on Jamendo.
And thank you for the pos's sirs, mucho gracias




bloc
April 7th 2010


41172 Comments


What the hell man, I didn't know you had another review up. This sounds boring.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


Actually, if this was slightly sped up this would probably be your thing

bloc
April 7th 2010


41172 Comments


You sayin' I got ADD? Cuz that ain't funny man....

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments


Uh, what?

bloc
April 7th 2010


41172 Comments


That's what I though...wit cho bitchass....

Ponton
Emeritus
April 7th 2010


6100 Comments


really liking this, looking at 3.5-4

love the spoken word parts

Zettel
April 7th 2010


661 Comments


Great review. You are on an electronic rush, don't you? I would like to review The Tuss' Rushup Edge since it bugs me that it does not have a review in here. By any chances have you heard it?

EDIT: By the way, I like what I am hearing. Minimalistic stuff, but seems tasty.

Ghostechoes
April 7th 2010


1354 Comments


Great review. I did not like the album.

Willie
Moderator
April 7th 2010


17089 Comments


Awesome review. Although you took the Crysis (or is it Crimson?) route with the descriptions, ha ha. This is a cool album too.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Under Your Spell

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


32190 Comments



Great review. You are on an electronic rush, don't you?

Yeah, you could say that
Great review. I did not like the album.

Yeah, its never going to be everyone's cup of tea
Although you took the Crysis (or is it Crimson?) route with the descriptions, ha ha.

Yeah, a little haha. A few of my mates are into this album and they've all come away thinking different things, regarding the tone and feelings the record kind of inspires. This was just my take

Oh and Bloc, I have a friend who's ADD, js


bloc
April 7th 2010


41172 Comments


I didn't mean to poke fun, you know me.

Willie
Moderator
April 7th 2010


17089 Comments


Ha ha, I hate when people do that... you just make some off-hand comment that's not even serious and someone will always be like "I know someone with blah blah blah..." and then you gotta try to explain why you weren't serious (while still looking like the insensitive asshole) or say nothing at all and maintain an awkward silence while everyone thinks about the reality of whatever was just a joke a few seconds earlier...

/babble



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