Label: PIAS / Handmade Records
Indie musicians Le Corbeau, leaded by guitarist Oystein Sandsdalen, have been quiet for some years but the band is now releasing three albums at once. A trilogy existing of “IV-Spider Bridge”, “V-C’s Theme” and “VI- Sun Creeps Up The Wall”.
A bit of fuzzy and sinister touch comes from this release. Sometimes with vocals, like “Rabbits” which makes you think of a dark version of Alice in Wonderland, black and white film. Songs like “Purple Gold” are more driven by the instrumental part to tell the story, one that opens the release so it leads up to the atmosphere of the release. “Under The Spell of Flowers” is perhaps one of the darkest songs on this release. It requires a lot of attention to grasp the whole of it, you gotta listen careful to hear the details and get into this. We suggest some headphones to lock yourself off from whatever is around you.
the previous one was still with a sparkly vibe, “C’s Theme” is
quickly making an end to that. Deeper and heavier in approach and
when the band decides to bring inspirationally a bit more from the
north into it we feel instantly at home. “Frost Avenue” flows
easily and makes you think of Sivert Høyem’s material. “Night’s
Trees Stood Up” reminds me to the serene, yet haunting feeling of
the northern lights casting over you.
The ending of the album, “Over The Square” is driving you up to something and gives you a feeling that the story is not complete. Which is correct as another album is ahead.
VI- Sun Creeps Up The Wall
The last release seem to be a bit more light. The album is much more accessible than “C’s Theme”, yet the songs on this release seem also a bit further away from eachother. It has a connection, but there is some variation in wider sense than we have seen before. Some songs are a bit poppy, “Sun Creeps Up The Wall” for example. You could easily catch up the lyrics and have them stuck in mind. A bit more dreamy than before.
Altogether it feels like Le Corbeau is trying to take you on a trip. Different places, different times but with Le Corbeau as a red thread that ties it all together. Three albums that will give you plenty to enjoy.