I have always loved Pierre Lecarpentier‘s music’s ability to walk that fine line between familiar alt-rock and more experimental and adventurous urges. There is also a delicious dark design that drives his songs, perhaps not what you might call gothic; nothing of the theatrics and cliche that comes as the generic baggage of that world. But if not gothic, Dancer in the Dark is undoubtedly on nodding terms with such a sound.
It is a song built of spiralling and raw guitar riffs, relentless and hypnotic beats and rhythms, dense and cavernous walls of sound, moving from the incendiary to the truly intense as the song builds towards its crescendoing conclusion. And all of this is shot through with small, staccato sound bites, chiming ricochetted motifs that act as a creative balance.
As always, there is something unique in the music but just as much a familiar sound being toyed with, drawing a line from early post-punk pioneers to today’s dark, textured and heavy rock adventurers.