Genres: post-rock, indie rock, instrumental rock
Apr 21 - 27 2003
in Bologna, Italy, Leben are a small experimental rock band
with a zest for atmospheric melodies. The four-song #0 CDR EP is a
thoroughly enjoyable, albeit short, sample of the band's sound.
The first song, "Packed Under A Garden Seat We gently Wait For
Silence," is an instrumental, post-rock-esque piece.
"3 a.m. Confession," meanwhile, is an upbeat guitar and
harmonica piece, also with a definite post-rock influence, that is
made interesting by the addition of some efficacious field recordings.
"Molly Has Been Cured" is lent a gentle sound by way of
some piano added to the mix, as well as some nice spoken word
vocals. The EP closes with an alternate version, a "summer
take," of "3 a.m Confession" that does away with the
field recordings but still maintains the track's beauty by way of some
mysterious minor key melodies and a fantastic use of the harmonica.
Over all, I was very impressed with the #0 EP.
Post-rock and indie rock fans would be well-advised to give this a
4 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]