Aeonflower¬†is an aural embodiment of you sitting alone in a corner of a seedy bar in the wee hours of the morning, where the only light on your person is flickering with the speed of a turtle’s heartbeat. Astrud Steehouder, a London-based artist, had her debut back in 2011 with¬†A Box Painted Black¬†and with her sophomore effort, she has multimedia artist Nina Bosnic in tow.¬†Aeonflower‘s album cover is quite a literal exemplification of its dark beauty.¬†Aeonflower could represent that bar scene I just poorly described to you, or some iced-over hellhole where The Thing roams about.¬†Aeonflower is like a mix of your favorite campy 80s horror movie soundtracks, dream pop with a hint of Bristol sound. “Diane” sounds like Phantogram if they’d visited a few begotten dark alleys in the filthiest of cities.¬†Aeonflower¬†isn’t something that will punch you with what it’s trying to convey. However, if you give it enough time and let it play in a smoky room, you’ll have quite the atmosphere. Listen to¬†Aeonflower below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
An exploration of warped, dream-like atmosphere and taught, noise-ingrained electronics, Paper Dollhouse has evolved from the solo work of Astrud Steehouder into an expansive, cinematic project now involving multi-media artist Nina Bosnic. Recorded with a stronger focus on electronic processes and with a deeper, light-starved aesthetic, Aeonflower's emboldened use of crushed-noise dynamics takes the London-based group's debut 'A Box Painted Black' (2011, Bird/Finders Keepers) frame into darker, murkier and more thrilling territory.
Aeonflower is the slow decent of a newly-discorporated spirit into a fogged, neon-lagoon, a drowned world still-lit. If the first LP was a box of raw secrets with hints of obscured folk roots, Aeonflower is the endless rain of expression, experience and change. Nocturnal On this outing both artists' vocals are expressive, forgoing complex lyrical concerns for minimal text invested with emotive power. Opener Oracle bleeds into Stand, the first of Steehouder's haunted vocals, a fragile minimalism augmented with barren guitar. Helios sees a drum-machine kick + ride cymbal pin down an dark, enveloping vocal duet until Psyche obliterates it all with billowing noise, a thrilling shock to the system. The swirling synths and suppressed emotion of Your Heart peak in the centerpiece Diane, a shadowy piece highlighting Steehouder's minimalist approach. Side 2 acts as a mini-suite, with Diamanda Galas-inspired vocal abstractions and walls of too coming down with stand-out ambient track Black Flowers. Dark and light interplay beautifully on album closer Siren, a turbulent if ambiguous build - up of harmony and noise.
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