Exposé Online banner

Le Mur — Exorta
(Bandcamp no#, 2018, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-01-03

Exorta Cover art

Four years on from their previous album, German rockers Le Mur return with their third album Exorta. As their second album Silentia Nova was the second part of a trilogy, I am assuming that Exorta is the third. Whereas Silentia Nova was mostly instrumentals with a smattering of Chrome influences, Exorta’s seven tracks feature more vocals, with a hard psych jamming edge similar to Carlton Melton, along with a strong link to Joy Division. The tracks tend towards the dark and gloomy side of rock, but not quite gothic. There are many interesting passages on Exorta starting with the nine-minute “Die Nachct de Lemuren (Teil I).” This song starts out as a post punk apocalypse with shouted German vocals for roughly two minutes, and turns quiet with a dark and spooky church organ interlude that fades into a sinister psych jam and sax solo that conjures images os a lowering sky. The song title “(Intro) The Broken Pieces of... (First Piece: Fields of Misery / Second Piece: Broken / Third Piece: Intro from the Past” is almost as long as the four-minute experimental song. The first part consists of reverbed voices that slowly builds layer upon layer with interacting harmonics. The second part sounds like a melodica with vocals and drums. And the third part is a long sustained, reverbed chord that slowly fades away. Then there are the Joy Division influenced tracks “Our Doom,” “These Symptoms Are Temporary,” and “O.M.E.N. - Arisen” with prominent and inventive bass riffing. And the highpoint is the title track. This dark moody instrumental evolves into gothic western territory with an interesting reverbed guitar solo, only to morph into a danse macabre waltz, and then shifting to chanting sepruchal voices and shouted vocals that close the track along with superb guitar and bass lines. Overall, Exorta is excellent music to accompany reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Le Mur (Lemur)

More info
http://le-mur.bandcamp.com/album/exorta

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Anekdoten - Vemod – Anekdoten is a new four piece from Sweden. This album was recorded early this year, and from what I've heard, they have been highly revered by, among others, their countrymen Änglagård....  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues