29/09/2015 – The Noise Figures-Feathers (2015)

Fuzz duo The Noise Figures return after two years with new album

 

 

The simplicity of music, can sometimes be a liberating thing. When you are recording with limited ingredients, drums and guitars, you have to get creative to produce something memorable and enjoyable. This is what the Noise Figures have done, with new album Aphelion.

 

 

Recorded in five days on vintage equipment at Artracks Studios in Athens, Aphelion practically fizzes with retro charm. While guitar and drums duo aren’t anything new these days, White Stripes/Black Diamond Heavies /Black Keys, the Noise Figures have slightly changed the formula adding a rich vein of slow rhythmic melody to their songs rather than relying on fast blistering riffs and squelching solos.

 

 

Shoot the Moon starts the proceedings in fine form. While musically it’s nothing more than a few riffs and simple drum patterns, it contains a level of angst that says “We’ve had enough!”. Being Grecian this was bound to come across, due to international sanctions being imposed on their country. In the Boneyard follows this theme musically speaking, but there isn’t the venom in the vocals. The band has also managed to add space to their compositions, making it feel slightly less claustrophobic without losing the heaviness. Run changes things slightly by adding an organ. They helps conjure up a light playful surf vibe, which changes the tone from the initial heavy dour beginnings. Title track Aphelion is a slow jam that oozes longing and redemption, until it breaks and all hell, musically speaking, breaks loose. Given the meaning of title, a point in the orbit of a planet when it is furthers from the sun, these breaks do give a sense of emptiness and loss. Feathers ramps things up again for the final sprint home, until Celebration Time closes the album with euphoria and hope.

 

 

Aphelion is strong second album. The Noise Figures have built on their debut, but not lost anything that made them interesting and exciting in the first place. As with albums of this nature, after four to five songs it starts to get samey, luckily this doesn’t last too long, and the album gets back on track again. Roll on album three…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 comments
  1. Hi,

    It sounds like you’ve really got a pulse on music. It would be nice to listen to some of the songs you’ve posted, but I don’t belong to Spotify and I really dislike the idea of having to sign up to their website just to listen. Are these songs available to listen to on iTunes?

    If so… what’s the link?

    Thanks!

    – Bonnie

  2. Hi,

    It sounds like you’ve really got a pulse on music. It would be nice to listen to some of the songs you’ve posted, but I don’t belong to Spotify and I really dislike the idea of having to sign up to their website just to listen. Are these songs available to listen to on iTunes?

    If so… what’s the link?

    Thanks!

    – Bonnie

  3. Barbara said:

    Hmm. As you said, there is a lot of simplicity here. That’s o.k., but I’d like to hear more unique riffs (maybe in album 3) 🙂 Have a great weekend, Nick.

  4. Bethany said:

    I love your observation that the very simplicity of music can be its power at times, very well said!

  5. amybovai said:

    Hi Nick,
    Another nice post!
    I like how you add interesting side comments that give some insight into both the music and the musicians – the one about the angst that says, “We’ve had enough.” I’ll have to read up on the Grecian sanctions.
    Thanks,
    Amy

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