Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Klimt 1918 - Sentimentale Jugend (2016-2017)

12/6/16 12:02PM
My preorder arrived yesterday. Very nice package with a finely crafted hardbound book.

Nice white Tee also, though given it was shipped in packaging, I need to wash it 1st.

That is the good news.

The not so good news is, I've checked out a little over half of this album and am struggling with much of it.

The band have sort of gone the way of Tangled Thoughts of Leaving; apparently in love with noise/noise-rock/noise-guitars. And LAYERS.

This is like a Meshuggah album in some ways. VERY DENSE.

Or similar to The Red Paintings last album.

I'm worried that despite some nice melodic and harmonic moments, and ambient passages, etc..the dominant sound is the dense, almost Metalgazey style. And the vocals even are more for affect of another layer, rather than a lead melody/sound like most if not all their previous music.

This is almost like their tribute to My Bloody Valentine or something.

Or Sun O))), Earth, Boris in the wall of sound(noise).

But I suppose the artwork fits that mood.

I will give it some more time as my wallet and history with this band owes it that much, but I worry that this could go down as a band whose ambition and direction of their ambition (and producer they used) changed in a way that I struggle to even recognize what I loved about them in the past.

Now, perhaps this could be a 1-off, and they may follow it up in a few years with an album sonically at least, if not stylistically, that resembles Dopoguerra or any of their others. But then again, they may not and feel this is their muse now and in the future, much like I look at Tangled Thoughts of Leaving now.

Granted, there are cases of comebacks/returns like Umphrey's McGee, East of the Wall and just this past year, Long Distance Calling and Avenged Sevenfold, so who knows.

I should add, I likely will include/show my copy in a video soon (the 2016-2017 preview likely).

11/12/16 12:10PM

1st new track "Comandante" which is the 2nd track on "Sentimentale" the 1st disc.

Enjoying it. Gonna preorder now that some of my bills have cleared.

10/16/16 3:50PM

Finally the details, release date being December 2nd, track list, artwork and just with the title now being shortened to
Sentimentale Jugend.
I am naturally excited for this, and am awfully curious per the description, tracklist, etc.

I do wonder a bit given it is so much, how addictive it may get. But some double albums still demand the headphone in recent years like Sun and Moon from Timbre or The River Empires of course.

US Release? unlikely right away, but I very well may just have to import it per Prophecy or another source.

Preorders per Prophecy Records

The new Klimt 1918 album "Sentimentale Jugend" as 2CD hardcover book plus a Klimt 1918 shirt for a special price.
One has to be a decided connoisseur of alternative music culture to associate the title "Sentimentale Jugend" (sentimental youth) with the short-lived experimental noise act of the same name, founded by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and his then significant other Christiane Flescherinow (also known as Christiane F. from the bestselling non-fiction book "We Children From Bahnhof Zoo") in the early 1980s. However, it is for a reason that Italian indie rock flagship Klimt 1918 names its latest double album after this footnote of pop history, namely a conscious hint at the underlying mood of the songs. "Sentimentale Jugend" captures West Berlin in its pulsating, nihilistic glory during the late 70s - just as David Bowie did with his Berlin Trilogy of the albums "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger" - and processes notions from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's award-winning movie "The Lives Of Others", be it the foggy winter atmosphere in East Berlin during the early 80s or the female protagonist's melancholy.
Eight years after the 'Soundtrack For The Cassette Generation' "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again", Klimt 1918 stay true to their sound, alternating the energetic with the wistful by means of shoegaze, indie and new wave from the 80s and 90s, yet for the first time, the sonic spectrum gets expanded with the signature guitar effects and drum rhythms of 50s and 60s pop. Ultimately, "Sentimentale Jugend" harks back to such diverse artists as The Chameleons, iLikeTrains, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Everly Brothers, Sigur Rós or Dead Can Dance and may be suitably tagged "dirty and noisy three beats dream pop".
"Sentimentale Jugend" consists of the separate albums "Sentimentale" (9 songs, 54 minutes) and "Jugend" (10 songs, 53 minutes), the former being the more "serene" chapter with its slow and partially long tracks, whereas the latter with its faster tunes is the more driving counterpart. Both albums are also available together with the exclusive bonus track "Lycans" as a high-quality book edition (hardcover, 18x18 cm, 48 pages).
Release date: 02.12.2016
Available editions:
- 2CD hardcover book (48 pages, 18x18 cm), containing both albums plus bonus track (700 copies)
- CD Digisleeve "Sentimentale"
- CD Digisleeve "Jugend"

Klimt 1918 - Sentimentale Jugend - Book + Shirt Bundle

Tracklist "Sentimentale":

1. Montecristo
2. Comandante
3. La Notte
4. It Was To Be
5. Belvedere
6. Once We Were
7. Take My Breath Away
8. Sentimentale
9. Gaza Youth (Exist/Resist)

Tracklist "Jugend":

1. Nostalghia
2. Fracture
3. Ciudad Lineal
4. Sant’Angelo (The Sound & The Fury)
5. Unemployed & Dreamrunner
6. The Hunger Strike
7. Resig-nation
8. Caelum Stellatum
9. Juvenile
10. Stupenda e Misera Città
11. Lycans (bonus track, only on 2CD hardcover book edition)

7/20/16 1:54PM
Fantastic news! It's been so long since Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again...Double album? Feast or Famine perhaps, but I'm optimistic given it's been so long, the songs could have been refined and tweaked a lot, and there will be more of them.

Perhaps a concept album as well?..will bump with more info obviously.

Facebook post

Dear friends, just want to inform you that we will post soon some news about the new Album *** Sentimentale Jugend *** as some of you might know, it will be a Double Album, the first one is called " Sentimentale" and the second one is called "Jugend".
It will be available as two separate CDs or together in one ArtBook
We know is taking ages and we really thank you for your patience and support.