November 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Milanese band Cyndies‘ debut album Junkyard II was released by Phantasma Disques. It is a rather enigmatic label (with a distinct visual aesthetic), which taps into the zeitgeist of no-budget music production influenced by a large variety of music genres and styles. What is refreshing about Phantasma Disques is that its artists (at least those I have heard) aren’t afraid to venture into marginalized genres, such as Goth, and don’t shun occasional banality (two of the label’s compilation releases were tributes to Twin Peaks–very good tributes, by the way). I would also add that if labels had “sonic profiles,” Phantasma’s would be heavy on electronic noise. All the mentioned elements are present on Junkyard II (welcome banalities in this case would be references to horror movies). Of all the label’s artists, Cyndies is probably closest to the “rock band” template–as opposed to “the lonely bedroom producer”–which makes sense in light of its obvious descendance from post punk, a movement created by groups.