Boomkat Product Review:
Holy growler this one's a bit special! Dubbed by those champions of all things weighty and made of shiny hard stuff Aquarius Records as 'dreamdoom' (I think I'm going to keep that one, sorry fellers!) Nadja is the fuzzed out collaborative project of Aidan Baker (who some of you might remember from his killer shoegazing explorations last year) and Leah Buckareff - and 'Touched' was the duo's first album. Originally released way back in 2003, it really surprises me how ahead of their time Baker and Buckareff were - I mean only this year we were treated to Jesu's 'Conqueror' which was probably the most defined statement yet in shoegazing metal (sorry, 'dreamdoom'), but 'Touched' happened all of four years ago. That's pretty impressive, and the fact that the songs are frankly earth shaking is even better. It's become pretty trendy to say you were influenced by My Bloody Valentine, even in the metal scene, but here's where the comparison really comes into its own; 'Touched' actually sounds like 'Loveless' as covered by Earth (circa '2'), it's really that good. It's hard to keep your heart intact when making metal, the very mention of the genre puts your aggression up, whether you like it or not, so to hear a metal record with sensitivity and what's more, femininity, is simply unbelievable. That's not to say there's no balls to it - this is powerful, growling metal that is so dense it's almost impossible to listen to on headphones without totally ignoring the outside world, it just happens to have a little more to it than most. On first listen it might sound like a strange combination, kind of like peanut butter and jam or chilli and chocolate, but try it, give it time and you're sure to have your taste buds in a tizz. Heavy electronic drums are submerged in three metre-thick concrete guitar noise and bowel churning bass - this is how I want my metal to be, and the fact that it's dreamy too? Well that just makes it absolutely essential, on every level. So, so good - dreamers and metalheads unite, the time is right and Nadja are here. Buy!