For a while, I never thought I’d hear from this project again. Following their misguided move into guitar rock, it had begun to seem as if L’âme Immortelle had descended into terminal decline, with founding members Thomas Rainer and Sonja Kraushofer seemingly more interested in their side-projects than their original band. Their last album, 2008’s ‘Namenlos’ seemed like a self-conscious attempt at recapturing their electronic sound of times past, and for a while, it seemed like the bands ‘immortal soul’, well, wasn’t!
But from out of nowhere, a new album has appeared, and this time it’s clear that they’ve really put some real effort in. The album opens with the spoken-word ‘L’Etang Malo’, a 19th Century text by French poet Theodore de Banville accompanied by melancholy strings, a suitably high-brow precursor to the album itself. Elaborate, poetic compositions such as ‘No Goodbye’ and ‘Wie Tranen Im Regen’ in particular show clear influence from Sonja’s Persephone work, the structural complexity a clear step up from what has come before. Continue reading