There's something strange about this album. For starters, the way we got this one is through an e-mail where Nadesha was advised and described as a side-project from one of the members of a certain band. Unfortunately, I couldn't really find out which band exactly. I googled and searched facebook for a while but couldn't find anything, except for a dance-act that covered 'Bettie Davis Eyes'. Anyway, Unwanted Lovers is the first album by Nadesha, a solo-artist from Linz (Austria). The fact that I know little or nothing about the project actually helps making this a very mysterious release and I like it quite a lot to be honest.
Unwanted Lovers starts with what sounds like a lengthy guitar drone, a bit noisy but acceptable nonetheless. It immediatly sets the tone for what's to come, a number of relaxing drone and ambient tunes. With mostly clean (but sometimes a bit heavier) guitars and several layers of ambient sounds Nadesha tries to create imaginary landscapes in the nature of people like Aidan Baker or Thisquietarmy. Partially he succeeds in doing this but some of the songs lack the power that the formerly mentioned artists have. For instance 'Goliath' doesn't really seem to go anywhere. It builds up, gets a bit heavier and then slowly fades away.
Yet, there is a lot of potential in this. I can sense a very decent will to create full-blown dreamy post-rock or shoegaze songs. Perhaps it might be a good idea for Nadesha to propose these songs to his band and see what they can create out of this. I mean, 'Wanted Smile' sounds like a demo version of what can become a stunning track. Add vocals and drums to 'Demon Intercourse' and you've got a nice shoegaze-song. Noise fans will love 'Fumes From Empty Glasses', a shrieking assault of effects and feedback. Drone fans will pick 'A Golden Coffin' as their favorite on this album.
So there's something for everyone on Unwanted Lovers, at least to everyone who likes to dig deeply into the dark underground the music industry can be. I feel that Nadesha is still searching for his (or her) own sound and that there's a lot of experimentation going on in their bedroom. I for one can only encourage Nadesha to continue this quest so here it goes: Find your limits and use whatever you have to in order to overstep them. Let no one discourage you in this quest. Because creating music is the deepest inner journey people like you and me (and many others) make. And for the listeners, give this album a shot and follow this artist. It might be worthwhile to witness the progress Nadesha will make in the years to come.