• Julian Fane - Our New Quarters

    Reviewed by Subba-Cultcha

    <b> Julian Fane </b> - Our New Quarters

    Our New Quarters is Vancouver born Julian Fanes second release. His first, Special Forces, received wide acclaim. The question is can he follow that up or will he be bitten by the cursed second album bug?

    No, he won’t. Our New Quarters is a beautiful, intimate album of electronically driven, melancholy pop. It can be neatly compared to Thom Yorkes solo album eraser. Fanes naked, childlike voice echoes that of Yorke, whilst his sparse and scattered beats and emotive use of atmospherics could be likened to Mum or electronic era Bjork.

    The Moon is Gone stands out; its stretching gothic minimalism is complemented by Fanes damaged indecipherable vocals.

    The minimal arrangements on ONQ only heighten their sense of grandiose. On songs such as the boy and a piano loneliness of Downfall or the jagged post punk of Break and Enter their remains a sense of the operatic which ebbs and flows through each of Fanes songs.

    A moving sentiment, Our New Quarters is dreamlike.

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