The Cinvat Bridge
Icy Cold Records
The Cinvat Bridge from VOYNA, the first solo effort from Peer Lebrecht of Berlin’s goth outfit Golden Apes, is scheduled for release on France’s independent label Icy Cold Records this spring.
Overall, the melancholic album is a deeply introspective meditation on aspects of the human condition. Lyrics on many of the tracks convey a relatable, raw emotional purge, giving the listener pause to get lost in him or herself. Lebrecht’s haunting baritone vocals pair well with the dark instrumentation of the melodies, performed by him with assistance on guitars and backing vocals.
Standout tracks include the first three, because of both their harmonies and lyrics. From the lonely guitar strain intro on “Provenance” to the emotional sound and expressions in “Refraction” to the reflective lines of “Crimson Skies”, the recording, as a whole, is a darkly contemplative piece. “Ocean” is also worthy of note, as the backing vocals from Martina Volodina of Stridulum do well in balancing out Lebrecht’s dark sound, creating a dynamic vocal spectrum.
This release is an impressive step forward from Golden Apes’ catalogue, but similar enough that any fans of the band as well as any variety of dark music would likely appreciate.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: VOYNA – THE CINVAT BRIDGE