Reviews and pictures from Sietse's record collection
The Dutch boys are back. It has been quiet for 3 years around the trio, of Aart-Jan (guitar), Leo (drums) and Michel (bass), that we know best as The Julie Mittens.
After their self-titled album on Holy Mountain from 2008 I though they slowly got to the background doing other things. For example Leo (Fabriek) we could find back in collaborations with Machinefabriek and such.
But it was gladly enough only a temporary silence.
And it might have been silent to for the outside world, but if you listen to Recorded 23|24072011 you know for sure they have sat down and relaxed. No instead it seems they have been practicing together quite a bit to make their sound even more explosive.
They do this, not by playing louder but, by giving more quite passages in the music. There is much more details in the sound now. The guitar isn’t continually sustained feedback sounds, but at points also keeps it down a bit. And the drums and bass aren’t complete mayhem all the time. These sparse moments together with a more melodic (wait, did I just say that out loud…) moment make the music even more powerful.
Simply said, they boys are really back and it is better than ever.
A well deserved place in the top 10, blowing away all those other noisy guitar albums released this year.
Sadly enough no sound samples from this release.
Though you can listen pieces from their other releases at their soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/juliemittens
The LP is limited to 300 and can be bought here: http://www.juliemittens.nl/