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Artist: The Skull Defekts

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Album: Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown [Slipcase] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pattern of Thoughts
2)    It Started with the Light
3)    Fable, The
4)    King of Misinformation
5)    Awaking Dream
6)    Known Unknown, The
7)    Venom
8)    Little Treasure
9)    Cyborganization

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Daniel Fagerstr”m (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Joachim Nordwall (vocals, guitar); Daniel Higgs (vocals, percussion); Henrik Rylander (drums); Jean-Louis Huhta (percussion, electronics).
  • Audio Mixer: Stefan Br„ndstr”m.
  • Recording information: The Dustward, Stockholm, Sweden (04/2013-09/2013).
  • Photographer: Hans VanDerLinden.
  • Swedish post-punk collective Skull Defekts have accomplished the rare feat of crafting a sound that melds jagged, abrasive guitar noise with spiritual undertones. It's possible that the band's astral projections are heightened greatly with the inclusion of Lungfish-pedigreed vocalist Daniel Higgs, whose shamanistic presence has made itself known in some way on most of Skull Defekts' albums following their earliest releases. Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown, the band's fourth album and third with Higgs, is a hypnotic, churning collection of droning grooves augmented by scratchy guitar squall and spacy percussion, Higgs dropping in on a few songs to cast vocal spells in a frenzied growl. It's an odd confluence of styles, the grating no wave guitar skronk of "Pattern of Thoughts" coexisting with a nearly drum circle-like barrage of gooey percussion and mantra-like vocals about magic rituals. Disparate stylistic wavelengths gel with unexpected clarity throughout the album, as with the rubbery industrial bassline and hippie commune hand drums and chimes of "King of Misinformation." The song sounds like an imagined world where early Nine Inch Nails meet up with the Congos at Black Ark Studio, collaborating on something equal parts ugly and hopeful. The band deals in plenty of kosmiche synth tones as well, as on standout cut "Awaking Dream," which sees Higgs speaking a poetic vision of blurred reality over a growing din of shaky tape manipulation and synth drones. Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown is an album best experienced while not trying too hard to dissect its intentions or strange combinations. The various elements of grueling, confused rock nihilism and clear-headed spirituality result in some new kind of cosmic punk, existing on a strange galactic plane somewhere between chaos and enlightenment. ~ Fred Thomas

Professional Reviews
Paste (magazine) - "It's an album filled with experimental ear candy that doesn't skimp on the rock-and-roll crust. And it again solidifies the band as Sweden's answer to Sonic Youth and Wire."

Pitchfork (Website) - "'Patterns of Thought' and 'The Known Unknown', two of Dreams' best tracks, fuse abrasive circularity with numbing oblivion..."

Producer:Stefan Brandstrom; The DFX
Format:CD (0 Disc)
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:7 April, 2014

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