rating : I don't like marks but Barbara "the boss" H compels me to: 7
always thought that the best gigs are those in which the band manages to
convey a lot of emotion. CHOKEBORE is definitely one of these bands. You
always like to see them play their touching songs, be they full of energy or
deeply slow. I worship « A taste for bitters » and « Black
Black » at the altar of emotion and I’m impatiently waiting for the
forthcoming album « It’s a miracle ».
ep » has been a taster and this Bbalthazar ep is another one since these
songs have been made up by the same man. Chokebore’s shade overcasts very
much our relation to these 3 songs although they are like stripped and then
covered with slightly different arrangements. In fact, Bbalthazar played them
all by himself.
The first song « Enemies » is a tuneful pop song (dealing with sincerity) which is handled roughly. Conversely, « One last happiness » points at these slow, down-tempo Chokebore songs. It is encrusted with what makes Chokebore a particular band. My favourite song on this ep is « Sweet Receiver », a melancholy song played on a quavering, half out-of-tune piano. It makes me think of « Where is the assassin ? » from « Black Black ». It is a great song about departure and forgiveness. The piano’s echo reinforces the trembling voice which utters dolefully « I want to carry your soul away. My sweet receiver.» Thus ends this ep. This last song surely carries our souls away. It is sad. It is beautiful. That’s the way we expect the full lenght album whose recording has been postponed in favour of the new Chokebore album that we expect to be sad as well. Beautifully sad.