Formed in 1995 by Gregg Anthe and Emmanuelle D., MVA first carves out a substantial place for itself within the Dark movement to set soon with its first album “Herbo Dou Diable” (1998) a baroque style, original and trenchant, alternation of neo-classical atmospheres, industrial percussions and strong death-rock songs with staggered rythmics. The whole perfect cohesion wants to be suited to the story and convey the different narrator’s feelings or moods.

But the band, who likes to surprise and try out new perceptions, doesn’t want to be caught in a static musical label trap. Without disowning its roots, MVA lets itself be carried along by its many musical, literary or films inspirations though. “Organic But Not Mental” (2000) demonstrates this point very well in the way that it turns over a new leaf and gives up the first death-rock influences. Just like its title, it is punctuated with sounds reminding the human body’s dull and tubular universe, electronic atmospheres of symphonic overtones, weird samples linked to the bodily phobias and distructured industrial songs.

Then, 2001 sees the birth of “Antechamber”, a brand new project from MVA which takes advantage of this loophole. This album is certainly the most intimate; made of an aerial electronic’s minimalism carried by more pared down and raw voices, it becomes fixed in a surrealist and oneiric landscape. The production, which sounded colors have been outlined in the precedent Lp, finds here a more visible feature not to say different. This willingness to depict through the sound a visual atmosphere reminds there again the predominant influence of a certain cinema genre in MVA’s work.

“Photography In Things” (2003), MVA’s fourth album, is entirely synthetic - listeners will notice the absence of acoustic instruments with a few rare exceptions. Mixing elaborate electronica, eighties sounds with Kraftwerk overtones and industrial rythmics, this album offers even more sober voices with a fluidity and an exposure already introduced in the previous album, Antechamber. Even more introspective, “Photography in Things” skins the feelings of suffocation and mal être down to the bone, with a lucidity from which cynicism is absent.

“Absente Terebenthine” (2004), Morthem Vlade Art’s fifth album, is a captivating piece, the last part of the trilogy begun with their other albums “Antechamber” and “Photography In Things”. Through loads of rythms and new-wave melodies, this new album presents a mixture of various music genres leading to the future with an incredible coherence: distorted industrial and acoustic ambiance with electronic songs gathered together in a rock entity.

“Autopsy”(2005),a compilation of their early works - recorded before “Herbo Dou Diable” was released. “Autopsy” featured some of their rarest tracks.

In the same year however, Gregg and Manue decided to end the band - to quit their musical path. To highlight that sad decision they decided to play one last live show - co headlining a festival in Luxembourg on November 26th 2005. A stunning performance which won’t be forgotten by those who evidenced it.

“Uncertain Days - Best Of 1997-2005”, released on March 30th 2007 its a two CD set, with many unreleased mixes, versions and - once again - highly seeked songs for the first tme ever on CD.

Gregg is meanwhile working on his solo project while Emmanuelle is writing her first book.

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Label: Pandaimonium Records

Edited by BastetMeister on 22 Sep 2007, 21:23

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