Hecuba

Modern

by Steven Spoerl

26 April 2012

 

A strange genre-defying album that cements Hecuba's reputation as dark pop experimentalists.

cover art

Hecuba

Modern

(Germ)
US: 30 Apr 2012
UK: 30 Apr 2012

Once Hecuba entered the studio to record Modern they didn’t leave until it was finished. It’s a loose concept album about separation and togetherness. Each entry on the album is an abstract pop-influenced piece that unfolds and becomes increasingly darkly seductive as it progresses, working its way into the listener’s mind and taking over. Of all the feelings and sensibilities the band evokes within their music, they’re most effective at impending doom and the dread that ties in with it. Fortunately, Hecuba is fully aware of this and exploit it completely. Modern gets darker as it goes on and in doing so becomes more fascinating as well. While not everything on Modern works and it occasionally trips over itself in certain practices, it does prove extremely memorable, which is significantly more than a lot of albums today can manage.

Modern

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.

 

//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Essays on Topics in Culture; Present, Past and the Speculative Future

// Announcements

"PopMatters (est. 1999) is a respected source for smart long-form reading on a wide range of topics in culture. PopMatters serves as…

READ the article