Lore City - Under Way
This review was commissioned through Ko-fi. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.
As a dreary violin brings us into the murky depths of Lore City’s ‘Animate’ did I find myself in a desolate, but perhaps beautiful scenario. The duo of Laura Mariposa Williams (Vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Eric Angelo Bessel (percussion, keyboard, guitar) play off of one another’s strengths. An empowering combination of tribal-like drum patterns, far off plucks of guitar, and somber piano key strikes. Williams voice is like a breeze in the wind, but perhaps took much reverb / echo (or whatever effect have you) was placed on her vocals as the lyrics are hard to make out where otherwise they shouldn’t be. The six-minute and three-second length was also unnecessary; around the four-minute mark does ‘Animate’ become repetitive, and I believe that slashing the runtime down a minute or minute-and-a-half would have done wonders.
In similar fashion to the first song, ‘Very Body’ begins off slowly by having ambient synths roll into the foreground. As much as the music sways, it doesn’t hold much texture in a sense and fails to capture me for longer than the first minute or two. As what I’m hearing is fairly basic for a dark ambient, drone, or experimental piece. I feel as if a very similar piece to this comes in the form of Blade Runner 2049’s ‘Sea Wall’, which has a similar rolling synth pattern around the three-minute mark. However, additional texture and cleaner production allow that piece to convey emotion and heightened sensory response while ‘Very Body’ feels flat in comparison. It’s a decent base structure, but it needs more.
While “Under Way” does provide two very different pieces, one is good while the other is mediocre. Rating each song on their own, I give ‘Animate’ a solid seven whereas ‘Very Body’ gains a middling five for not being terrible, but not being great either. Somewhere smack dab in the middle. I’m intrigued by what else Lore City will break out on their next release, and I’m eager to see how they’ll evolve from here. Six out of ten.Sep 18 2022
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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