Quick and Dirty: Mr,M – No Love
Release: EP, 2010 (Self-Released)
Genre: Shoegaze/Black Metal
Sonic Brethren: Alcest, Aloeswood, Pro Tools
I’ll admit, I’m a huge sucker for for the whole post/whatevergaze form of Black Metal that exploded onto the scene when Alcest gained popularity. Only a few years old, the subgenre has already reached a critical mass worldwide. With such a torrent of media from so many similar artists, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of mediocrity. But I’m a firm believer in never having too much of a good thing, so I happily wade through the filth to find the choicest cuts. This isn’t one of the latter, but it’s far from filth.
Little is known about Mr,M other than his poor punctuation skills and the fact that he isn’t too creative with his Drumkit from Hell. What we have in No Love is a very straightforward slab of the aforementioned genre, filled with stock plugin effects and buzzy guitars. But with his tools, Mr,M makes it work. Using the talents of an unknown female singer and clever melodies he’s able to put together an EP that nods to his heroes while creating something uniquely his own. He only shows his personal voice on a single track “Black Boat,” but it’s anguished and introspective, a perfect break before returning to his lady-in-crime. Some dream of being in a band, only to find themselves lacking the funds, drive and partners in the blackened business. Mr,M trudges on without these burdens and does what many of us should, creating grim art for its own sake.
Final Thoughts: Alcest worship and obvious home studio production abound, but it’s a solid, pretty effort.