Gerten – Gerten EP (2017)
Tension and an atmosphere draped in torn, black velvet. Russian trio Gerten, consisting of Eugene Gin (vocals, lyrics) and Dee Grinski (synthesizers) and Constantine Morkovin (guitar, drums), consolidate their back catalogue into a brand new cassette package released via Wesley Eisold’s Heartworm Press. Their sound has an old-school, organic edge to it, largely due to their chosen hardware. Synth-driven, and shrouded in frontman Eugene Gin’s deep eloquent howl, Gerten’s gothic, post-punk influenced heavy electronic sound is drenched in darkness with an uneasy and disturbing tautness.
Distinctly relying on that aforementioned tension and atmosphere, whilst the songs on this EP may contain very subtly melodies, it’s the textures from the analogue equipment used, in conjunction with Gin’s impressive vocals, that really drive these songs. Just listen to the propulsive drums and thick bass synth dominate through “Smooth Displays” while Gin spits rapid-fire vocals during the chorus. Its heavy. The haunting and dark lead synths on “The Cheerful Science” are killer. Another highlight is the noisy guitar layers atop “Hotel Broslin”, one of the more instantly engaging tracks on the EP, thanks to its raw energy. When Eugene Gin evokes his inner demons and unleashes a more aggressive vocal performance, the results are astounding. The grim “Das Man” being a prime example where the slow drums and distorted synth work create a tense, dark atmosphere that works perfectly alongside Gin’s frightful vocal delivery.
There are definitely times during this EP when one can’t help but think of Heartworm label-mates Cold Cave, the two acts definitely sharing an affinity towards analogue synths, gothic vocals and a sound that elicits darkness in despair. Recommended listening.