"Bleed On" CDEP
Janosch Moldau Records
Genre: electro pop
From Cologne, Germany comes Janosch Moldau and the Bleed On
EP. This is three songs of glitchy electronic pop, reminiscent of
Notwist and DNTEL. Electro beats, synth melodies, and some
more experimental sounds are combined with Moldau's vocals and
occasional guitar to produce a purposeful but eerily beautiful sound.
The title-track (which comes with a b&w video version as well) is a
skilled, melodic venture for Moldau - its sorrowful chorus
approaches cliché ("I still bleed on...") but the effective melody and
clicky/cutty atmosphere distract the listener from that. There are
also some strong religious aspects on display here, but they aren't
strong enough to get in the way of most audiences enjoying the music.
"Passionately" adds guitar strokes to the mix to produce a Notwist-like
effect (but more ethereal), and the resulting song is a longing, very
interesting bit of electro-pop. The vocal breakdown somewhere in the
middle is of particular interest. "Reloved," the EP's conclusion, is
the most gradual song on here; it takes nearly two and a half minutes
for the vocals to come in, but doesn't suffer as a result of that.
Overall, the Bleed On EP is a solid electro pop record from one
of the scene's less familiar faces. Here's to more from Moldau!
[Vitals: 3 tracks + 1
video, distributed by
the label, released 2005]