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Engineers: Always returning (Kscope, 2014)

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Tras un sinfín de salidas, entradas y movimientos varios en su formación original, Engineers se presentaron en 2014 de alguna manera “humanizando” su sonido, haciéndolo algo más accesible y apartándolo algo de su tonalidad pulcra de tiempos iniciales.
Sus diez cortes están a la altura de un buen album en el que se mezclan Dream-Gaze, Psicodelia, Shoegaze e incluso Electrónica y sintetizadores. Interesante…

“When we last heard from British dream pop band Engineers, they had morphed into a sort of 2.0 phase with founding members Dan McBean and Andrew Sweeney leaving the band and renowned German musician/producer Ulrich Schnauss along with Daniel Land and Matthew Linley joining. The new members’ influence was evident, especially Schnauss‘, whose own dreamy shoegaze and warm electronica have made him a critical favorite since the late-’90s. The new lineup’s first effort, 2010’s In Praise of More, was hailed as an impressive turning point for the band, though the creative upheavals and personnel jostling would continue over the next few years. With the departure of original member and singer Simon Phipps, Engineers are now under the command of remaining founder multi-instrumentalist Mark Peters with Schnauss and Linley rounding out the trio. This streamlining of visions may have been the best thing to happen to them, as 2014’s Always Returning is Engineers‘ most realized and engaging record yet. The production is lush yet concise with a tight, organic interplay between Peters‘ bass and Linley‘s drumming. Schnauss‘ heady, swirling stamp washes throughout the ten songs, which take the best elements from dream pop and orchestrated electronica, and bits of vintage prog and psychedelia. Always Returning is largely Peters‘ opus, with the other members’ contributions arriving after he had already recorded the bulk of the songs at home. Still, this was no e-mailed Internet collaboration. A distinctly analog approach was taken from the start, with plenty of vintage recording gear, ’70s processors and synths, and live bass and drums giving the songs a detailed richness not heard on previous releases. This warmth is reflected on the two opening tracks, the lovely and hypnotic “Bless the Painter” and the gorgeous lead single “Fight or Flight,” whose woozy, melodic throb both enchants and soothes. There is even something of a soulful air on songs like the lovely ballad “Smiling Back,” which channels mid-’70s Pink Floyd in its laid-back David Gilmourgentleness. Always Returning is altogether more languid and contemplative than the band’s previous work, and Peters‘ hushed vocals skip and bob along the surface in classic, nearly inaudible shoegaze ambiguity. It’s all part of the mystery of this well-crafted album, which was made with love and intention by seasoned artists who have landed on a combination that truly works” (All Music)

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9 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Engineers | Deja un comentario

Engineers: Engineers (2012)

Engineers cover art

Antes que nada, una aclaración: Estos Engineers nada tienen que ver con los Ingenieros que ya han aparecido en TJB en alguna que otra ocasión. Si éstos de los que hablamos hoy son una banda Neo-Folk llegada de Portland, Oregon; aquellos son un combo londinense más bien orientado al Shoegaze.
Tras esta pequeña aclaración que a todos, como a mí, seguramente nos llevaría a un cierto grado de confusión, deciros que escuché este disco de Engineers precisamente por equivocación, aunque cuando ya llevaba algunos temas dejé que fluyera en el reproductor. Engineers (Portland) son un grupo en la línea Fleet Foxes, es decir: Folk adecuado al signo de los tiempos. ¿Qué quiere decir ésto? Pues que amplían su espectro sonoro con teclados, arreglos contemporáneos y alguna que otra línea de Country. Renovarse o morir. La verdad es que en un género tan cerrado como el Folk es arduo arriesgar y encontrar nuevos caminos, pero bandas como ésta lo llevan a cabo. Sus canciones, aunque algo parsimoniosas y de cadencia algo cansina, no desentonan demasiado; son algo así como una banda sonora taciturna con una lectura relajada. No van a descubrir el mundo, no van a epatar (ni siquiera se han molestado en dejar pistas sobre su identidad, asemejando su nombre al de otra banda)… pero tienen algo. Y puedes encontrarlo desde su Bandcamp, poniendo el precio que consideres oportuno.

Engineers – Engineers (2012)

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13 junio, 2012 Posted by | Engineers | Deja un comentario

Engineers: In praise of more (2010)

 

El tercer larga duración de los británicos Engineers es un disco algo extraño. No llega al minutaje de un álbum al uso ya que está compuesto de nueve temas. Es más bien un Ep extendido. Tras algunos cambios de formación, el sonido del grupo se ha desprendido un tanto de esa capa de guitarras que magistralmente habían utilizado en su genial Three Fact Fader (TJB, Junio, 2009). Su música se torna algo más ambiental, más orientada hacia el Dream-Pop que hacia el Shoegaze de guitarras que les caracterizó anteriormente (si exceptuamos piezas como Subtober o Press rewind); sustituyéndolas por capas en este caso de teclados (In praise of more). Si los trece temas de su anterior entrega se oían prácticamente del tirón, los nueve de esta nueva se nos antojan incluso largos para una sola escucha. El aire nostálgico e incluso algo misterioso se mantiene, pero la esencia musical se ha diluido. Los desarrollos de los temas son demasiado lentos y extesos en su duración. No se trata de un mal disco, pero su audición es bastante más ardua, y su disfrute es menor. Los cambios de personal no le han afectado positivamente ni mucho menos a los Ingenieros.

Engineers – In praise of more (2010)

“The past year has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for followers of Engineers. First there was the belated release of bold and confident Three Fact Fader, much loved by us here and by most who encountered its charms and its blend of shoegaze and Krautrock. Songs like ‘Brighter As We Fall’ showed that they were capable of mixing melody with sonic power, whilst ‘Helped By Science’ showed a lighter touch. Then came the dip – the news that Dan McBean and Andrew Sweeney had departed, announced at the start of the year. Then, the exciting revelation that Ulrich Schnauss would be joining the band, along with Matthew Linley and Manchester based Daniel Land, who has caused many a musical heart to flutter in his own group, Daniel Land and the Modern Painters.
New album In Praise of More is quite different to Three Fact Fader, a more sensual and laidback affair that places the listener in the centre of the sound, an experience that requires concentration, for the world to stop on its axis.  That is not though to say that it lacks bite. ‘To An Evergreen’ is a sinewy blend of bass and textured rhythms, bringing to mind Ultra-era Depeche Mode, all clipped guitars and guttural vocals. It sits uncomfortably in-between ‘Twenty Paces’ and ‘There Will Be Time’, magnetic pieces with a gentle ebb and flow of background percussion and guitar. It’s Nick Drake with added tremolo and echo, with a whispering, alluring vocal.
Album highlight ‘Press Rewind’ seems the culmination of all these ideas, with a powerful sucker punch of a chorus, the song beautifully arching upwards as its presence is made. It fades into glorious chimes of patterned music, drifting into the gentle picked guitar of ‘Las Vega’, shimmering guitar lines made almost buoyant by the keyboard lines set beneath it. At times, there feels to be a tangible flimsiness to this album, a collection of songs so delicate that they had to be teased out of their composers. The unnerving opening of ‘Subtober’ introduces a song of exquisite fragility, made all the more powerful as the track opens up and then dips back into brittle pieces.
There is brevity here – it feels more like an extended EP that a full blown album. Those who enjoyed the powerful moments of Three Fact Fader may be slightly disappointed by the more gentle approach found here, but that is by the by. Engineers have created an evocative album that will touch both the heart and the mind. Hopefully, the current line up with stay true to take the band into their next chapter” (thelineofbestfit.com)

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8 diciembre, 2010 Posted by | Engineers | 1 comentario

Engineers: Three fact fader (2009), Kscope

Cuando enmedio de la vorágine de grupos que solemos oír nos encontramos con un álbum de cerca de una hora… la verdad es que nos resulta un tanto chocante. Pero la sensación que da al oírlo no es ni mucho menos la de un disco largo. Antes al contrario, los trece temas que conforman Three fact fader, segundo disco de Engineers, van pululando y saltando en el reproductor con bastante soltura y naturalidad. Grabado en 2007, tras pasar por varias vicisitudes discográficas, recalan en Kscope para editar dos años más tarde uno de los álbumes que confirman la teoría de que el Shoegaze ha vuelto, y lo ha hecho con paso firme. Éste es un disco en el que cada uno de sus temas contiene un auténtico muro de sonido, más o menos distorsionado, dependiendo del tratamiento sonoro que le hayan querido regalar a sus temas. Este muro está a menudo reforzado con elementos electrónicos, siempre en un plano secundario, pero sirviendo para dar consistencia a los mismos. El final es una mezcla de todos esos elementos apuntados, dando como resultado un sonido realmente personal. Las referencias son inevitables: Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Deerhunter… pero Engineers han sabido conjugarlas y darles personalidad propia. Vendría a resultar algo así como si Jack Nitzche hubiera tomado los mandos de la mesa de mezclas y hubiera producido un álbum de Pop en este siglo ventiuno, contando con todos los adelantos, trucos y tecnología actual. Un disco en el que puedes encontrar variedad de matices que en otras escuchas quizás no habrías captado. Su inicio es más que prometedor, Clean coloured wire, una pieza mezcla de Shoegaze con electrónica que forma un muro excelso de distorsión. Continúa con Sometimes I realise, en sintonía con la anterior. International Dirge es un pequeño homenaje a Ride. Hang your head es la más Pop de todo el álbum, junto con Three fact fader, si bien nunca se pierden esos ambientes-noise que acompañan a todo el álbum. Disco bastante recomendable.

“Engineers are back. Four years after the release of their landmark debut, the band return with their epic second album, Three Fact Fader.The 13-track album was produced by the band along with Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, Maps) over a period of two years, with the final tracks being completed earlier this year. It comes packaged in stunning artwork by legendary music photographer Tom Sheehan. Engineers are not like any other band. On stage Simon Phipps is the singer, Dan Macbean is the guitarist, Mark Peters is the bassist and Sweeney is the drummer, but the real clue is in their name: they approach their music like engineers, carefully constructing wonderful walls of sound. Following the rapturous reception that greeted their mini-album Folly in 2004 and debut Engineers the following year, its taken them a long time to build their epic second album, Three Fact Fader. After initial recording sessions, Engineers became unwitting victims of record company restructuring and the album was left in limbo, unfinished until the band reconvened earlier this year, largely motivated by public support. The band have now found a home on Kscope and at long last the album will be released.” (The Passion of Indie Music)
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4 junio, 2009 Posted by | Engineers | Deja un comentario

   

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