C'est la Mort
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C'est la Mort

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
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"Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces Review"

This Seattle shoegaze/dream pop/darkwave quartet makes its full-length debut with Empty Words. Bassist Kim House and guitarist Jim Biggs share vocal duties; her high, airy voice and his Ian Curtisian style are nicely complementary. Familiar attributes are in place: plangent bass timbre occasionally in a higher, melodic range; shimmering, effects-laden wall o' guitar; busily propulsive yet relatively unobtrusive drumming; mildly Gothy lyrics oozing dark angst – it's easy to imagine, while listening, that it's still the '80s. - The Big Takeover


"Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces Review"

To be concise, Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces by Seattle’s C’est la Mort is a masterful record that has helped me realize that there are still some fine groups out there. This band has been around for some time under various incarnations, but the one that recorded this album -- their debut -- has honed down their sound to an immaculate result.

C’est la Mort consists of a drummer, a bassist, and two guitarists; whose delicate interplay weaves a sonic concoction full of ethereal beauty and urban angst. Their style instantly evokes the classic 4AD sound combined with a not-so-subtle adoration of The Chameleons. This said, the vocals are much the opposite and provide the listener with a unique experience: singer Kim House’s voice falls somewhere in the realm between Miki Berenyi (Lush) and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins).

In addition to track after track of fantastic songs, Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces actually sounds amazing. The production quality is stunning and the songs are perfectly mixed, with just the right levels in the final product. “Drown Out" starts out sounding like Pornography-era Cure, before morphing into something more reminiscent of the Pale Saints; while “Paper Ships” stands out as an epic track, blending all of these influences with layers of guitar that recall The Church circa Hologram of Baal.

C’est la Mort is the perfect local act for enthusiasts of finely layered, reverb laden gothic and/or psychedelic music. They have all the hallmarks of memorable bands, in that their music consists of excellent influential elements -- while still remaining engaging and not at all contrived. This Saturday's CD release at The Comet also features Romance and Black Nite Crash, which is pretty much bringing some of the best acts in Seattle together, on the same stage, for one show that is not to be missed.
- Three Imaginary Girls


"Nada Mucho Review"

C’est La Mort is breathtaking. This luscious four-piece has otherworldly female harmonies that float far past the stratosphere. “Ashes, Ashes” has Cure bass lines and closes with a spacy interplay between one voice singing, “Is your love for real?” while the other voice breathes, “It’s a long fall down.” This song will make you numb! It’s so spooky your spine will lose feeling. “Collapse” also utilizes this dreamy equation with ethereal beauty, and I don’t use the word ‘ethereal’ very often.
- Paul Groth February 21, 2006 Nadamucho.com
- nadamucho.com


Discography

Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces (2010)
In the Soft Focus Light of I Love You (remixes) (2010)

"Collapse" & "Ashes, Ashes" on Strength In Numbers compilation (USA, 2006), "Among the Ruins" on Crawling Tunes magazine and compilation (Germany, 2008), "No Time to Say Goodbye" on Smoke and Spotlight, vol. 3 (Germany, 2008), "Paper Ships" on Infectious Unease (Australia, 2010).

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Drawing from post-punk, shoegaze, dream pop and darkwave, C'est laMort excavate corners of prized record collections and secret histories to create an atmospheric and angular dream-pop soundscape. Dark and driving, they take cues from 4AD, the Chameleons, Cocteau Twins, Lush, Blonde Redhead, Colin Newman, and the Comsat Angels, while also reconfiguring their influences into something beyond simple citation.

Vocalist Kim House's melodic drive on her Rickenbacker bass propels every song from start to inevitable powerful conclusion while Geoff Cox and Greg Forschler create walls and sinews of guitars that would make Robin Guthrie proud. Garrett Croxon anchors it all and pushes forward with an intricate post-punk jazz swing. Kim's ethereal vocals float over the dreamy, lush soundscape.

After weathering multiple line ups (some bordering on the Spinal Tap-esque: one drummer left because of narcolepsy; another moved to Belgium to work for the DEA), C'est la Mort are preparing to release their debut album in August 2010. Limited copies will include a bonus CD with remixes by folks from Doll Factory, No Knife, Pinback, Jesu, Black Noise Cannon, Jupe Jupe, Chadwick, Pleasurecraft, Fear of Dolls and more.