Available on digipak CD on Eibon Records (500 copies) or hand numbered 180g red vinyl on Deafborn (400 copies). Found sound and drone swamped plucked post rock guitars soundtrack-like album from the aptly(and excellently) named Melanchoholics. With sub frquencies and darkened tones competing with each other, put it somewhere between Labradford and Earth.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 01 May 2015
Of late it seems to have become something of a brazen fashion statement to trivialise sadness and wear it as a badge, and if you thought Elvis Depressedly was a bad enough band name, then how about Melanchoholics? Aside from having a pretty dire name, though, this band of droners cast intriguing shadows over their songs, creating soundscapes that writhe with undertones both industrial and pastoral. ‘Solar Cafe’ is dark ambient with wide scope.
“Rotten City Radio” opens the record with pin-dropped ambience that seems to travel endlessly through an open space, a la Have a Nice Life circa ‘Deathconsciousness’, but with less melody creeping in. “Adam Dunkel” shows the band shimmering washed-out synth over sturdy bass notes, conjuring up the kind of elgaic cacophony Skullflower mustered with ‘Draconis’.
Melanchoholics brand of sustained gloom is spacious, and on their title track they open it up with striking electric guitar, introducing bold strokes to what feels like a record hiding in quiet tones on modest timbres. Ludicrously, the track suddenly cuts in with choice words from Herzog on his Fitzcarraldo documentary. That might be the most dark ambient thing that’s ever happened, and it shows how dead serious Melanchoholics take themselves: like Herzog in the jungle, ‘Solar Cafe’ is all misery.
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