Sep 2011 26

Mona Mur / En Esch - Do With Me What You WantMona Mur / En Esch
Category: Industrial / Goth
Album: Do With Me What You Want
Stars: 4.5
Blurb: Dark grooves, sensual energy, and industrialized pop appeal make for one of the best albums of these two artists’ careers.


In 2009, two of the underground music scene’s luminaries joined forces to create an album that lived up to its title as a work of unabashed beauty and raging violence, drawing on the gothic burlesque drama of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht combined with industrialized atmosphere. Now, Mona Mur and En Esch continue their collaboration with Do With Me What You Want, treading down their dark musical path with intense bravado, wrought with groovy rhythms, sexy bass lines, gyrating textures, and vocals that are as menacing as they are erotic. Whereas 120 Tage was comprised of older material, most of which was originally conceived by Mur with members of Einstürzende Neubauten, here we have all new material, representing the full breadth of the two artists’ talents as producers, vocalists, and songwriters.

Immediately from the offset with “Touch,” there is a distinct stylistic evolution at work as the song struts by slowly but confidently with Esch’s subtle guitar chugs underpinning a restrained bass line and Mur’s voice slithering snakelike as if to entice the listener in before ensnaring them in her venomous clutches. The chorus to the song almost hearkens to a bluesy gospel attitude as the pair’s vocals complement each other quite passionately. Other songs on the album take on a more melodic, almost dark synthpop tonality, such as “Flesh & Blood” with its moderate dance beat and slinky bass line evoking Esch’s work in Slick Idiot, while “My Life” pumps and warbles with a flighty faux-string arpeggio progression that is simply too catchy to ignore, and “Justice” with its jungle breaks and chilled, swelling pads infused with punk guitars and a brassy-like synth refrain make for a clever mix of modern drum & bass and old-school industrial rock in the vein of early KMFDM. Throughout the album, Mur and Esch play with contrasts – extremes of black and white blending into varying shades of gray, from Esch’s frantic guitar solos overtop ambient pop and trip-hop like in “Part Again” or “Silly Romance,” to Mur’s silky and sensual voice playing against Esch’s signature rasp. “Guilty” is one of the album’s high points with a somber tempo driving a smoky audio noir bed rock offset by some introductory Spanish guitar; the song reminds this listener of David Bowie’s mid ‘90s work on 1. Outside. Even the single cover of Uriah Heep’s “Easy Living” is exceptionally well done, retaining the character of the original but keeping in the atmosphere of the album as a whole with its analog synth arpeggios and Esch’s thrums of light guitar.

There isn’t a single weak moment on Do With Me What You Want; every song is finely crafted with the perfect mix of atmosphere, aggression, sex appeal, pop sensibility, and industrial attitude. No less dark than 120 Tage, but certainly showing more of a progression into their own creative impulses and pushing for an individual sound free from the constraints of their past output. Do With Me What You Want is Mona Mur and En Esch doing what they think and feel, writings songs that defy strict categorization but are heartfelt and melodic enough to find a mass audience. In the process, they’ve created one of the best albums of their careers.

Track list:

  1. Touch
  2. Silly Romance
  3. Eiskalt (In Der Liebe und Im Krieg)
  4. Flesh & Blood
  5. Easy Living
  6. My Life
  7. Do With Me What You Want
  8. Guilty
  9. Justice
  10. Le Weltanschauung (Les Jeux Sont Faits)
  11. New Order
  12. Part Again
  13. Do Widzenia

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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