New Noyce TM Compilation out – “Past:ique” – Viva Music Review

July 29, 2011 in Album Reviews

Tracklist:

Year 03 (Epilogue)” * “This World (X10DED)” * “Headland (Sun Meltdown)” * “Inschallah (X10DED)” * “Coma(tose)” * “Panique (Braek:Gate)” * “Tag (Traum) Werk” * “Comawalker” * “Clinical White Noise” * “Our World (in Coma) * “Un:Welt (Weltschmerz)” * “A Sculpture of Bones” * “Karmacoma (Klub NRX)” * “This Must Be Heaven” * “Year 03 (X10DED)

Read Viva Music‘s review of “Un:Welt” album here. | Read Viva Music‘s review of “Limited Comahere.

It is always a pleasure to gain access to the hidden vault of a band. This is what Noyce TM did with a July 2011 release with In-D Records of their newest compilation, “Past:ique” (1,000 copies, limited edition).  The name, a play upon words recycling their first 1998 single’s name, “Panique“, their liberal use of the colon, and the word pastiche, uses up already known material in an innovative way, creating new or extended versions of their discography in order to re-create the same life-is-a-dream, spectacular feeling of sleep- or coma-walking through ravaging circumstances of life. Not being willing to give up on their dark, yet tender and caring view on humanity, Noyce TM give voice through “Past:ique” to new emotions, new perspectives on their music, and betray a very solid body of work behind the end product of their creativity.

All their musical career is well represented in the “Past:ique” compilation. Starting from early endeavors, such as their 1998 debut single “Panique”  (“Panique (Braek:Gate)“; “A Sculpture of Bones“), their 1999 “The White Room” (“Clinical White Noise“) and their 2000 “White Hypnotized Noise” (“This Must Be Heaven“), they give relevant air space to their albums, “Coma” in particular (“Year 03 (Epilogue)“; “Headland (Sun Meltdown)“; “Coma(tose)“; “Karmacoma (Klub NRX)“; “Year 03 (X10DED)“), but also “Un:Welt” (“This World (X10DED)“; “Inschallah (X10DED)“; “Tag (Traum) Werk“; “Our World (in Coma)“; “Un:Welt (Weltschmerz)”).

Past:ique” is not only a very creative exercise in the band’s mastery of their body of work, which will definitely be liked by their share of fans, but also an excellent way for novices to meet new listening material, and why not, another favorite band. The compilation album comes as a confirmation of the band members’ dedication and their unflinching belief in the ultimate meaningfulness of suffering, however hard to cope with, and its secondary, intertwined life, together with art.

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