CNC – No Mood EP
DRAW Records 2009
[tags: shoegaze, dream pop, 2009]
Listen while reading:
Magenta Ants (from No Mood EP)
No folk today because we leave our traditional route and head for some shoegaze with a hint of dream pop from Warsaw/Poland made by Borys Dejnarowicz and Piotr Maciejewski operating under the moniker CNC. They just released their debut EP called No Mood and they did a very good job with it.
If you want to speak in metaphors I would say you can imagine listening to the EP as flying around in a spaceship that visits four different planets on its journey. It starts at home (No Mood) where you can see it slowly blast off and flying away to outer space. The track itself sounds a good bit drony and slowly grows over the time to a seven minute opener with hushed vocals and lots of shoegazing atmosphere (you may hear some Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal) until it reaches universe. After a short while of hovering through space with light speed we reach the first destination: Magenta Ants. The chewy atmosphere from No Mood went away and made room for a more cheerful track with dream pop character, reminding a litttle (ok, really just a little) bit of Galaxie 500 and Spacemen 3. But we don’t have time to rest and so we leave to visit Vegas. Maybe I’m mistaken but I feel a slighty indication of Massive Attack in there. The deep bass line and the female vocals create a very spacy mood and the synthesizes support it at their best with sparkling melodies. Vegas is completely different than the other two tracks but fits in very well.
After the next “Plot Device” (between the four “real” tracks you find tracks called Plot Device 1, 2 and 3 and they take over the part of intro and outro) there is the hardest song on the EP called Xenility with hard shoegaze like guitar passages, but also with calm moments between the hard parts. I don’t like the industrial touch in the track but I think it is a good addition to the other three tracks because it shows the bandwidth of the band. After five minutes the track ends with a nice synth melodie that is consumed by some evil noise – and our journey is over (and I don’t know if we are lost or still on our way).
In the end CNC made a nice little EP with strong moments and with a multitude of different styles that circle around the shoegaze and dream pop center. If they ever make a full lenght, I would say they should focus a bit more on one specific style without those hard noise moments and without those industrial influences as I can hear them in Xenility. But this is just my point of view because I’m more attracted to the calm side of music, you know.
To get the EP you probably head over to rockserwis.pl because they are in English. (If you speak Polish you maybe want to visist mystic.pl or some other shops, look here.) I can’t find them on iTunes but maybe they will appear there soon. In the meantime you can check out CNC’s MySpace site for further details.