Bastos / Pandrea – Split

Artists: Bastos / Pandrea

Title: Split

Release: 7″ / Digital

Year: 2014

Label: Fading Halo Records, Dvvm Recs

This one is short, but it’s so awesome, you’re going to be playing it again and again. Besides having the best artwork in the history of Romanian music this 7″ actually sounds like what you see on the illustration. Both Bastos & Pandrea are playing music which doesn’t stay on the same place for even a second, but is torn between many, all worth following, directions.

Bastos is I guess a new project (of already known faces) with people from a Coins As Portraits, Void Forger and whatnot. They’re strictly instrumental, which I might want to see if not changed completely in the future, then at least seen as potential for sporadic experiments, because their melodies, song structures and mood in general might benefit from having another element for the listener to follow and absorb. What I told you for the split in general is completely valid for Bastos – they don’t stay in the same mood for more than a moment. They eclectically switch between being happy, then melancholic and even sometimes slightly pissed off. And… man, their pieces are so catchy. Also recorded pretty neat and lively.

On the other side we find Pandrea, a Bucharest-based noise rock trio, who, believe it or not, are even weirder than Bastos. With a post-rockish guitar melodies, but kinda rock’n’roll rhythmic section and math rock transitions and outbursts they’re indeed a curious listen. I only dislike a passage in the vocals that’s effected quite silly. But yeah, that’s not really a huge issue. In general, that split’s a great reminder that on the music scene worldwide there’s so much weird stuff going on, that one should never stop digging for more.

Angel S.

Freelance journalist and full-time copywriter from hell. Playing ambient & drone music as Mytrip, teaching Sound Art, booking shows with For The Kids & Amek Collective. Always in for a cup of coffee.