07 February 2013

RAGANA


The first release from Olympia's RAGANA is as difficult to classify as just about anything I have posted. From casually ethereal to just plain morose, the ability of these two women to harness intensity seems to only be surpassed by their ability to craft mesmerizing songs. It's over ten minutes into Unbecoming that they finally break free and drop 40 seconds of frustrated and bleak blasts, the first confirmation that the these sounds are rooted in metal and not '80s 4AD as much of the cassette suggests. But it's the ability to walk that line that makes RAGANA so intriguing, and I find that 24 minutes is simply not enough.

we don't ask for much // isn't it hard enough

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm always looking for something I haven't heard before (The John Peel Syndrome) and this looks like some of that... thanks very much...

Anonymous said...

ssssooooooggggooooooood

Anonymous said...

psst.. that photograph was taken in my old backyard. the sickest band to come home to and hear having band practice

mackenzie menkins said...

Yo Robert! This ain't Ragana's first release! This is in fact their 2nd tape, their first being "All's Lost"...which is almost equally as good! check it out here: http://rararagana.bandcamp.com/album/alls-lost

cheers!
mackenzie from oly