Art rock is a hit-or-miss genre. When executed in a poor fashion, the music is bogged down by pretentious breaks and arrangements leading nowhere. German/Dutch/Polish quartet Nausica have avoided all the pitfalls on their The Molecules Fall Closer, a smattering of adventurous tunes embedded in carefully crafted indie rock.
Kicking off with the angular, rough-around-the-edges Jane Doe, they take a breather with Marie. The catchy rhythm Black Jacket sounds familiar but can hold its own thanks to middle-eight leading into a crescendo of vocals and guitar. They saved the best for last: the soft-spoken Soldiers with double-tracked vocals on top of a lonesome guitar, and the jazzy final track with tough lyrics, World Wide, with an extended coda that you don't want to end. Recommended if you like Bettie Serveert and My Brightest Diamond.
Edita Karkoschka: vocals, piano
Tim Coehoorn: electric guitar
Marius Mathiszik: bass guitar
Jannis Knüpfer: drums
The Molecules Fall Closer is released thru Woda Kolonska.Live dates:
- 06/21 Ausser Haus Festival, Dresden (Freiberg), Germany
- 07/05 tba, Arnhem, The Netherlands
- 07/06 Festival der Aa, Schipborg, The Netherlands
- 08/14 Festival Ondergronds, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
- 10/11 Weltecho, Chemnitz, Germany
- 11/01 Volksbad, Magdeburg, Germany
- 01/17 Theater Atrium, Friedrichshafen, Germany