OAKE are working in an industrial lineage, but their music also recalls the ethereal beauty of Cocteau Twins or Julee Cruise's work for David Lynch. Band-member Konstanze Bathseba Zippora's otherworldly vocals on "Viertes Buch: Mortre Wrid" or "Fuenftes Buch: Dreloi Wechd" make that link explicit, but it's also clear in OAKE's general preference for soft power over outright brutality. Their seismic beats and sounds often come blanketed in foggy ambience, and they repeatedly deploy enigmatic, half-buried melodies to brilliant effect.
The result is a dense, atmospheric album of real cinematic tension, one that leaves you painting the scenery in your mind. At times it sounds grand and mysterious, at others it evokes a pagan funeral on a windswept cliff. Yes, it is sombre. Yes, it is noisy. But Auferstehung is also rich and rewarding.
Mon / 5 Jan 2015
01. Vorwort: Umiha Sien
02. Kapitel Eins: Edunien Edreue
03. Erstes Buch: Desterieh l’Remm
04. Zweites Buch: Var Genstien
05. Drittes Buch: Graevann Grewen
06. Kapitel Zwei: Brachem Dest
07. Viertes Buch: Mortre Wrid
08. Fuenftes Buch: Dreloi Wechd
09. Kapitel Drei: Rechs Zegon
10. Sechstes Buch: Rehmin Sicht
11. Siebtes Buch: Drestan Sened