Review : dEUS - Following Sea
Sputnik MusicLess than a year after their last album, the acclaimed Keep You Close, dEUS returns with a new release, titled Following Sea, without even announcing they were writing new material. They just made the following statement: "This isnít a clever marketing ploy or an attempt to grasp the zeitgeist but, more simply we are looking to get our music out whilst it is fresh." Fair enough, but seeing how it's been made in such a short period of time - whereas other dEUS records were usually years in the making - and while they were on tour, this instantly raises the question if Following Sea isn't rushed. The answer, unfortunately, is yes.
That isn't to say the album is bad, but Following Sea rarely feels more than just a collection of decent tunes. Last years' Keep You Close was a cohesive piece of work, with a great pace and revolving around a clear thematic concept. Furthermore, it was also a new direction musically for the band, which did pay off. Here on the other hand, we have an album that just feels standard, aside from a few gimmicks. The one that instantly grabs the attention is the fact that first single 'Quatre Main' is sung in French, when the other songs are in English. The lyrics themselves are great, and are complemented nicely by the brooding background music, but you can hear singer Tom Barman struggling with the delivery and although it's a cool experiment, the song doesn't go all too well with the rest of the tracks....full text
Music News'Following Sea' was recorded, produced and mixed in bursts of activity following the completion of dEUS's previous album, 'Keep You Close' (released October 2011) with producer Adam Noble again at the controls. Following on from the confessional noir of 'Keep You Close', 'Following Sea' is a lighter and brighter album. Barman jokes that, partly, the appearance of the album is 'borne out of shame after delivering nine songs for 'Keep You Close' in two years'. This is slightly disingenuous for, as Q noted when accompanying the band for two stand out shows at Holland's Into the Great Wide Open, marvelling at 'the band's intense work ethic' that squeezed a video shoot, two sets and a clutch of DJ performances into 48 hours, dEUS may be known for long studio stays but they are rarely inactive.
Drowned in soundArt-rockers dEUS need little introduction to the DiS hardcore. They're essentially the Belgian Sonic Youth, yet don't seem to have ever had that moment which stitches them into the fabric of 'indie' history. You may have already heard their odd-party anthems or cinematic rhythms and not even known it, but it's cool, as now is the perfect time to fall in love with this exceptional band.
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