German imprint Blackjack Illuminist Records (No Age, Leonard Las Vegas) drop the sophomore LP from Alexander Leonard Donat’s Feverdreamt project. Melantant is a record of portentous, Gothic art-pop that features programmed drum beats going to war with claustrophobic synths and Donat’s quavering wail. There’s clearly a lot of Scott Walker in Feverdreamt’s DNA.
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Well. Portentous is the word... (Thanks for that, description-writer!). So it’s Alexander Leonard Donat’s second LP for the German goth-worshipping label Blackjack Illuminist records as Feverdreamt; it is, however, the first of his records to reach these ambient-accustomed ears. It’s dark, it’s murky, it’s art-pop. And, it features the “haunting” -- yet quite lovely, one supposes -- Donat vocal, which channels both Dave Gahan and Scott Walker and falls troublingly somewhere in between the two.
There are definitely strong tinges of Depeche Mode’s classic ‘Black Celebration’ era, and that’s no bad thing of course. He has that quavering, quivering wail down to a tee and it’s becoming more and more attractive as the record ploughs on (through synthesized fields and boardered claustrophobically by hedges of meticulously programmed drums).
Melodic, yes, but never knowingly pretty. Synth-pop as it ought to be then (although by track 5 highlight, ‘Se Dun Se Dun’ I’ve had quite enough of that for now, thanks).
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