Published Feb 20, 2014Nadja are hard to keep up with. Their latest album, Queller, is the band's eighteenth full-length to be released in the span of their 11-year career. Their output is even more impressive when you consider everything else that Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff have done outside the project.
While their discography might seem exhausting, the music on Queller sounds fresh and invigorated. The band credit '80s post-punk for the album's sound, and though that influence might not be discernable once it's channelled through the duo's trademark gauzy doom, each song is remarkably lean (for Nadja; the shortest track clocks in at nine minutes).
The secret here is repetition, which they use to emphasize the heavily melodic passages in each song. Typically, Nadja go for broke when it comes to sounding overwhelming, but Queller finds them showing some restraint, countering their oft impenetrable sound with welcome accessibility. (Essence Music)