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Unease - A Creative Process in Minor
First impression is said to be the most important, but I don't know, what band starts the record with the best song? Well Unease does since all songs are the best.
Unease are Patrik Lark (words, graphics) and Tommy (vocal, words, instruments). Two guys from the dark heart of Stockholm which have started a project rather than a band, say they play a combination of synth/rock and I agree on that but would also like to go a little bit further and say 70th-rock/synth with those nice guitar hooks and that husky/dirty/
Strokes-voice which smears the walls with dirt while listening. Sure there are also synthesizers, in fact a whole lot of it and it's a mixture of EBM/Industrial/Electronica and partly it's very dark, as dark as synth should be when at its best. This demo CD is eight track long including the completing remix of track two (Beyond the Trivial).

When you listen to the lyrics you will hear how gloomy, serious and obvious the words are. It is darkness and bored souls the lyrics are all about. The exception is track four (Last Page) which is about love, the sad version but still the best text on this record.

The songs have in common that they all go kind of slowly forward in a nice groovy way, no rush through the songs, it is just nice. I decided already from the start not to review all eight tracks thoroughly but focusing on the first four which are in my opinion the best ones. The first song (Train Away) starts with a nice guitar hook and rolls on with a strong refrain. In the next song (Beyond the Trivial) the synthesizers come more to the foreground with lots of nice melodies and basslines. Also this refrain is again very nice and strong. The third track (Drowned in Doubts) is dark, the text is raw and the song feels good in a naked way. The fourth song (Last Page) which is an electronica-ballad, is the record's highlight, the words are excellent and unusually light. The strong points of this demo are above all the lyrics and the superb vocals, most notable in Last Page. Parallels could obviously be made to bands like Depeche Mode, the darkness of Cat Rapes Dog feels close and some of the dirty feeling from the Strokes is precious in certain songs.

Good record, just simply good.

--Project15.org: Johan Thorsell (22-10-2003)
Unease - A Creative Process in Minor
Unease are a duo playing suggestive rock spiced up with quite a bit of electronic sounds. It results in a fat soundscape giving an impression of being well produced. In Tommy Carlsson Unease also has a very talented singer which further improves the sound. Sometimes I get an impression that this CD's spirit could be compared to Tools latest album, which ain't a bad assessment. At the whole it is a very complete demo that could bring Unease very far.
--Zero Music Magazine #1 2002 by Stefan Albinsson
Demo Band of the Month
"Crab" (now Unease) is not a band, but rather a project. Just for your information. It's been a while since I saw this once so popular term in a Bandspaghetti-letter, but when you get to know their work procedures, the word really feels relevant. To make mp3-files of all songs and send them via email from Stockholm to Linköping to burn CDs does feel like a bloody project. However, geographical problems can force the most awkward solutions, and this time it was actually worthwhile. This little demo is not bad at all. Good enough to give the authors a one-year subscription of MM, actually. The project managers are Tommy and Patrik Carlsson, and they are doing some kind of electronic music with grandiose desolate guitars as an extra spice. Landscape-like music with a broad horizon you could say, possibly with Seal and Talk Talk as two influential anchor points. Here are Good dynamics between the quiet and the clamorous, the small and the big, details and broad brush strokes The demo includes three songs. One would want to hear more. The music is album-oriented that needs more than 12-15 minutes of listening to put you in the mood that the authors intended. But with that mastering method and the slow modem connections I can imagine that it takes a while to finish it. One strength of this demo is the guitar. A large, electric sound with lots of open chords and tremolo and whawha as extra spice. The guitar makes pleasant noises, creates a dynamic unease that brings life in a sound that otherwise could have been a bit sterile. The material in itself is maybe not magnificent, but the songs are fully relevant as "vehicles" for the moods that the Carlsson brothers want to create. One weakness - and an important one - is the voice. It's nothing wrong with it, but nothing especially right. It does the job, but a unique voice would have brought the whole thing to new highs. Maybe it's time to bring a third person into the project? Preferably one with access to broadband Internet. Otherwise, all right. No real commercial potential maybe, but nonetheless music that deserves to exist.
--Musikermagasinet.com (MM): Hans Anderson