Sunday, 12 August 2018

ELÄNDE

BandELÄNDE
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Ambient
Related artists: Lorem Ipsum, Rosebud, Vertigo, Manic Maya and Frame.
CountryLille FRANCE
Years Active2013-2014
Song: "Les mots de cils"
Album: "EP - 2013"
Year: 2013
For fans ofDaïtroLe Pré Où Je Suis MortAu bout de mes lèvres, We Never Learned To Live, Chalk Hands, Envy, Viva Belgrado, La Parade, KŸHL, ArchivesLonely Animals, They Sleep We Live, Mira, Pettersson, Sed Non Satiata, Quasar, Mihai Edrisch and Yarostan aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2018 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the August 2018 Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2018 Mix#9 here.

ELÄNDE were a very short-lived but amazing French post-hardcore/screamo band in the vein of Daïtro, much like a lot new bands inspired by the French greats.

Their first release is the stunning debut 'EP - 2013'. It opens with "Corps sage", which is 5:30 in length and weaves a beautiful pattern of post-hardcore/screamo with the Daïtro influence burning bright. The swinging guitars and bass from two-plus minutes is mesmerizing and also brings to mind Mihai Edrisch and Envy. By three minutes we are met with a dreamy, atmospheric interlude laced with screaming and an audio clip from a movie, as well as some exceptional diddlin' at the end. "Les mots de cils' is another spacey post-hardcore jam with a heck of a lot of French screamo going on. If you're into newer stuff like Pettersson, Quasar, Yarostan, Viva Belgrado or Au bout de mes lèvres you will surely get a kick out of ELÄNDE. The movement at 1:05 and subsequent climax are stunning and exhaust the listener (in a good way) but manage to catch you like a cloud during the fall thanks to an interlude made of post-rock, jammy instrumentals and another audio clip. This builds for a good two minutes and pops at 3:20 when everything kicks back in again, Daïtro style. Mmmmm baby.

The following year the band released 'Patience', another two-track affair with much better production and a stronger focus on intricate guitars instead of audio clips. "Patience part I" begins very mathy/proggy with shifting instrumentals and excellent dual guitar plucking, kinda like Kidcrash but a little slower and spacier, perhaps coming off more like early Russian Circles than anything. By 1:20 we are back in traditional ELÄNDE territory, but with very poignant guitars that give me a bit of a Standstill vibe and therefore La Parade also. The midsection heaves in epic fashion, accentuated by throat-wrenching screams, with the entire thing dropping into a subdued interlude with distant vocals. The song picks up again thereafter and explodes at 4:12, making it a contender for best ELÄNDE track of all time...although there are only four songs. "Patience part II" is only 3:33 and it is the most straightforward ELÄNDE track, which I think fans of Sed Non Satiata will get a fucking kick out of. There's an interesting and playful midsection that slowly meshes each instrument and brings to mind a lot of newer Swedish screamo. The closing third takes flight with dual screamers and some singing from 2:33 onward, making this sophomore and final release a thing of destructive beauty.

They disbanded a year later, but now two members of ELÄNDE are currently playing in Lorem Ipsum and another is doing a solo project called Frames. Definitely a band I don't see discussed much, which is surprising because of how much everyone loves Daïtro.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2013 - EP - 2013 digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - Patience cdEP (stream/donate/download here)
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(2013) ELÄNDE - "Corps sage" (from 'EP - 2013') official music video

(2013) ELÄNDE - "Les mots de cils" (from 'EP - 2013')

(2014) ELÄNDE - "Patience part I" (from 'Patience')

(2014) ELÄNDE - "Patience part II" (from 'Patience')

(2013) ELÄNDE - "Patience parts I + II" live video

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ELÄNDE additional links
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