NOISE FOR LOVERS
CD: Parasomnic PSRD004 / Mannequin Oddio Media
Love Set To Music
This Is The Place Where The Dead Help The Living
(And Sweet Dreams)
quite dark and droning, further framed with ambient type qualities, this
is by no means standard dark ambient fair. Opening with ‘A love
set to music’, static, random voices, and a fleeting melody
filter through, giving the impression of someone scanning late night radio
band width. Whilst other musical realms are explored throughout the album,
it is this introductory late night ambience that permeates much of the
album. Likewise with the album seeming to be constructed via a cut a paste
method, it is apparent that a pastiche of samples (including snippets
of classical music), are combined and manipulated alongside female vocals
that were recorded specifically for the album.
The tensile droning atmosphere of ‘This is the place where the
dead help the living’ introduces a more accessible musical
aesthetic with its beat laden trip hop programming. ‘All Yours’
is additionally a highly commendable piece of droning classical melodies
and electronic beats, that reminds slightly of Beefcake’s sound.
The looped and layers female vocals of ‘True Romance’
sweep over a dense undercurrent to give an uplifting if not melancholic
tinged sound to otherwise a bleak droning soundscape.
One criticism to raise though: at 75 minutes in length, this album is
far too long. Not all tracks seem to hit their intended mark and as with
fillers on any album, are not essential to an album’s overall direction
and flow. To my mind with some careful culling, a shorter, clearly focused
and of course more engaging album would have been achieved (or isn’t
that what CD burners & ipod’s were invented for – to allow
overly critical reviewers to put on their producers hat?!).
Last comment would have to relate to the cover, where initially I found
it a touch misleading. With its rather uninspired black and white imagery
it gave the impression that it might be some awful pretentious ethereal
darkwave or gothic type musings. Luckily I did not judge the album by
its cover, as they say.
/ [Mannequin Oddio]
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