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Killbody Tuning

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The Swiss band Killbody Tuning磗 awkwardly named album (good luck to any radio host trying to announce this one!) is actually a soundtrack. Its songs were originally composed for the Swiss film-maker Julien Humbert-Droz磗 short film Derni鑢e Chasse and eventually made into what is now their second album.

It磗 not an easy feat to describe Killbody Tuning磗 music. It磗 alternative for sure, progressive and experimental. At times it磗 clearly drawing from the metal scene, at times clearly more from the worlds of atmospheric ambient. Listening to the album, I kept thinking of bands like Porcupine Tree and perhaps Fates Warning (and, to my surprise, also the TV series Twin Peaks!), but the comparison doesn磘 work very far, as it磗 not as much the sound as the feeling I get from the music that makes the connection in my head. Might not do it for you. All in all, I think I磎 going to settle for not labeling Killbody Tuning, you磍l have to listen for yourself.

The album opens with 揂ra ubiorum, a track that creates an unhurried atmosphere and builds up its power slowly, but steadily. The second track rolls on smoothly from where the first one left and that磗 the general feeling I get of the album. It flows. Occasionally with loads of attitude and distortion, but still there磗 a feeling of flow to it. Perhaps it磗 the bass lines, perhaps the haunting bits of melodies behind the guitar sounds.

Only two of the seven tracks on the album have vocals in them and I prefer these instrumental ones. On the third track, Marker of Change, the vocals are by Val閞ie Leimgruber. I can磘 say I dislike it, but it磗 not exactly to my tastes. Her soft voice fits the style of the band, but there磗 just something about the whispering phrasing that just doesn磘 do it for me. And I have to admit I磎 a bit annoyed at the 搒ucking sounds that have been caught on the track a bit too well. On the second vocal track, Muswell Hill, the singing is somehow clearer and stronger. C閘ine Bart seems to have gotten the song where she can present quite a wide range of her talent. Of the two, this is by far my favourite vocal performance on this album.

All in all, it磗 an album that would work nicely on a calm Sunday morning or on a weekend evening when it磗 dark and rainy outside and you have nothing but a bottle of wine to accompany you. Not the most cheerful of albums, but definitely atmospheric enough to be interesting.

Johanna Ahonen, transl. Sandy Mahrer

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