Songs of Soil

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Independent goth rockers Cybele are a depressed lot indeed, and never has this been more apparent than on their second album, Songs of Soil. The dark and ominous sounds start at their darkest with "They Named It Her Curse," a depressing rocker that lands somewhere between Diamonda Galas and Gene Loves Jezebel. This leads into "The Saints Are Dead," featuring the expressive vocals of Hilde Wahl crawling over lush and quiet guitars. The album alternates between these two sounds throughout the EP, setting the pattern within the first two songs but still being so good at it that the listener just follows along. The album ends with "Unconscious Love," an excellent track that was more Cocteau Twins-influenced than the rest of the material. In fact, the next album continued in that vein, leaving behind the tense angst of their earlier years. This is a good EP that serves as a nice transition between their angry, earlier material and their lush period that followed. Goth fans will probably enjoy this, but this album is quite good and might appeal to fans of dream pop or indie rock also.

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