Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nienor/Self Titled/2014 EP Review


  Nienor  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  neo  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2014  ep.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  bring  in  a  neo  folk  sound  along  with  some saxophones  that  replace  flutes  as  well  as  making  the  music  more  experimental  sounding  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  use  of  good  mixture  of  both  full  chords  and  clean  playing  and  after  a  few  instrumental  tracks  vocals  start  finding  their  way  into  the  music.

  At  times  the  music  sounds  very  medieval  and  has  the  ancient  pagan  middle  ages  feeling  while  the  saxophones  give  the  songs  more  of  an  updated  feeling  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  chants  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  outro  also  brings  in  electric  guitars  before  closing  with  a  bonus  track  that  shows  the  music  returning  back  to  an  acoustic  direction.

  Nienor  plays  a  very  experimental  style  of  neo  folk  that  brings  in  a  primitive  feeling  while  also  sounding  medieval  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nienor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  neo-folk  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cleaned  At  Last"  and  "Which  Side  Are  You  On".  8  out  of  10.

      

3 comments:

  1. I already listened all the demo and I think that are very uninspired material without anything new!
    "Clean at last" is the best track but suffers of a lack of originality and idealism! Just my opinion!

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  2. Not my cup of tea.

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  3. Not bad...but a little boring :/

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