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Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC

Date: 25.01.2014 | Electro, Pop | Tags: Electronic, Synthpop, FLAC, LOSSLESS, Henric De La Cour | Download Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC for free.
Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC

Finally the wait is over! It's time for the second album from Henric de la Cour. "Mandrills" is a dark journey filled with emotions, atmospheres and of course Henri's fantastic vocals.

Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC
Electronic, Synthpop | Progress Productions
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2013 | 39:51 | 299 Mb

01. Mandrill
02. Chasing Dark
03. Grenade
04. Hank Psycho
05. Shark
06. Blackie Lawless
07. Sirens, No Harbour
08. Main Vein
09. Rust On Rust
10. Call It In
11. Sound The Alarm

This ones a puzzler, no doubt about it. Swedens Henric De La Cour comes with a resume that falls onto the floor and rolls out the door behind him, emerging from the same convoluted synth-pop/rock lineage which produced the pastel heaven of Kites EPs as well as the blood-soaked drama of his solo debut. Its utterly unfair to look at Mandrills as a sophomore effort given his run in the biz, but at the same time it does feel like the second point in the new phase of a career, and is also subject to the odd mix of contractions and expansions we expect from breakthrough acts on their second kick at the can.

The ties which bind Mandrills together as an album are far more mercurial and ephemeral than the gothic splendour of Henrics self-titled 2011 debut. To wit, the record feels like a balancing act throughout, with tracks forever walking a line between being lavish, production-first showcases and being full compositions from someone whos been releasing records for nearly twenty years. Similarly, the tone taken by Henric both in lyrics and delivery is almost always hovering on a boundary between vulnerability and defiance. Opening track Mandrill initially feels like one of those production-first tracks, a lattice-work of tight gothic keyboards and vocal exercises crawling up and down the castle walls. Its only after half a dozen listens that its more subtle but ultimately simple structural charms emerge, not unlike a Bach organ piece or a first wave black metal tune (remember that De La Cours paid homage to the style, if not content of that genre in the form of a Venom cover
, and theres a tune named after none other than Blackie Lawless here). Henrics still a savvy pop sampler, though, slowly morphing the immortal intro to And Then He Kissed Me into Hank Psycho to suit his own compositions needs.

The first two songs to be released to the public, Chasing Dark and Shark do help the listener to triangulate Mandrills sound, but theyre also outliers, sitting at two extreme poles: dark modern rock and histrionic synthpop, respectively. The former gives us a stark but not unsentimental trot down memory lane, accompanied by any and all new post-punk contemporaries you might care to name, but always presided over by Henrics strange mix of steel and reflection. Shark is something else entirely, all Stephen Merritt style dialogue between the overconfident pursuing wooer and the shattered and recalcitrant subject of their affection; ie, exactl the sort of stuff for which a gushy synthpop number like Shark is tailor made. The rest of the album seems to fall into territory lying between these points: the insular and frantic tension of Sirens, No Harbour or the sprawling flush of Main Vein (okay, seriously, does that phrase mean the same thing in Sweden as it does in North America, or is someone pranking poor Henric?).

Mandrills cant replicate the same splashy entrance on the extra-continental stage executed by its predecessor, and wisely shifts its focus to more deeply locked in grooves, production tics, and vocal shadings which slowly arise over multiple listenings. These may not kick down dancefloor doors like Dracula did, but theyre more than a worthy follow-up to those already won over, and newcomers willing to let tunes simmer and stew for a few listens should eventually figure out what all the initial fuss was about. Solid stuff.

Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC

Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC
Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC
Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC
Henric De La Cour - Mandrills (2013) FLAC
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