Feverdreamt is a brand new project, reportedly only starting to make music at the beginning of this year. In that time, Feverdreamt has moved from heavy-heat drones to fully developed songs: vocals and all. Terban Te Ban, the project’s debut, is released as a CD in a handmade sleeve, by Blackjack Illuminist Records.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 16 April 2015
How curious. What we find in Feverdreamt’s many layers is a singer-songwriter record, buried under a haze of nightmarish krautrock. Our protagonist starts off with a lo-fi tune of twinkling piano and distant vocals, like if Have a Nice Life were tasked with the drunkenly cooed don’t-leave-me-isms of American Music Club. After hauling his heart out of the wastebin, ‘Terban Te Ban’ recovers its beating heart, using furiously knotted guitar and simple drum machine programming for a record of direct, propulsive rhythms.
This is a different type of sadcore than I’m usually accustomed to, taking on pastiches of goth and post-punk, or maybe merely bringing them to mind through far-thrown production values. Alexander Leonard Donat has a penchant for writing gruelling, disturbing melodies with tender, sympathetic rites: the violin rising on “Laxman Tu”, and makes him sound significant, but the chimes of xylophone that come in bring him down to earth, as human as the kid sitting next to you in your very pointless year 8 music lessons. ‘Terban Te Ban’ plays high and low like that -- some of its genre marks are inaccessible and cut off, but when Donat’s miserable voice cuts in it feels like you’re on his level. Even though he kind of sounds like Scott Walker in purgatory.
As far as melodramatic records go, this one is a keeper: it toys with ambience on tunes like “Oh, Bantshibar!” before dusting it off for expressive tunes with cold melodies -- the kind of songs that feel alive with life, if totally distraught by it. Spooky sad tunes: you can never have too many.
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