Canada’s Nadja have been testing the patience of listeners since 2002, with their unique brand of droning, ambient doom. Mind altering guitars, slow-as-molasses drumming, and the kind of claustrophobic atmosphere you get on a Neurosis record, Nadja are nothing if not unique.
The duo’s latest offering, simply titled Sv, consists of one long track comprising of electronic tones and sparse drumming. Like most of the band’s releases, the track has a hypnotic edge, and slowly builds into a cacophonous wailing of electronics and pounding drums. You could almost dance to it, and wouldn’t be out of place in a club scene for the movie Blade. Mechanically precise in execution, Sv isn’t quite the chaotic mess it might seem to the average listener. If you have the patience, you can pick up on some pretty catchy hooks hiding under the screeching electronic washes of sound.
For fans of Nadja’s previous releases, this might be a bit of a leap to make, as there’s very little to suggest that this band played doom metal before. Fans looking for Sunn O))) and Boris sounding drone might be disappointed with the industrial direction Nadja have taken. But if you can keep an open mind you’ll certainly find a truly immersive listening experience with Sv.