By Frank Bell
Wicked new Belgium post-punk band Disorientations, just released their superb debut album ‘Memory Lanes’, via [PIAS] Recordings. ‘Memory Lanes‘ is set in a melancholic atmosphere of loss and mourning. It confronts the listener with moments of despair, but the guitar wall of sound, the harsh rhythmic power and the haunting vocals give enough energy to embrace those inevitable tragic moments of life.
See for example ‘Watching You Go’ which operates in a Teen Creeps meets IDLES type washed out noise-rock arena. ‘Watching You Go‘ is a loud surrender to the emotions of personal loss. How do you deal with a death that is both heartbreaking and banal? The song muses on the difficult process of grief. About holding on and letting go. About the desire to be comforted, while wanting to be left alone. About the realization that mourning does not end, but you must nevertheless look for a mooring for your grief.
Photo by Kris J.Y. Verdonck