Qual – Cupio Dissolvi EP (2017)
I wish to be dissolved…..
Lebanon Hanover co-conspirator William Maybelline has never particularly shied away from somewhat danceable beats previously as Qual. The EBM groove of “Benevolent Technologies” from debut album Sable being a poignant example of finely honed depressive dance music. Here, on the new Qual EP Cupio Dissolvi, Maybelline takes a decisive left turn when nothing in the world is going right. Sure, the vocals are unmistakably Qual – but musically we’re treated to an onslaught of supremely dark industrial-techno aimed squarely at the dance floor.
Rest assured, the morose atmosphere that permeated through Sable is still dead enough to be considered alive. There is no happiness here. Not a trace of it at all, thank “God”. Maybelline’s vocals in pristine form as he bewitches us with his gothic chords whilst simultaneously instigating a darkly repetitive industrial attack in the form of the EP’s title track “Cupio Dissolvi”. The drum sound is hard and crisp and the programming is tight as hell.
“A Bloody Blob” sees Maybelline experiment with some aggressive synth sounds, resulting in a sort of gothic, mechanical, electro club dirge, all whilst he sings “I’ve got a job digging graves; I dig my own”. Coincidentally, the artist views this EP as a sonic experiment in itself, aimed at transitioning to the next album, which apparently is going to be much more dance floor oriented than the debut. The brutality of “Rape Me in the Parthenon” sees Qual reach its aggressive apex thus far. A roaring 8 minute opus of heavy industrial techno, elements of noise and Maybelline’s tortured screams atop. It’s very much new territory for Qual but as the quality of Sable indicated, Maybelline is a versatile artist and all of the Cupio Dissolvi EP comes across as an entirely natural progression for Qual.
Fantastic. Very highly recommended.