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4 stars A Tantalizing Trudge Amid the Mists and Midnight Cyprus.

Gazpacho's Demon continues to weave haunting textures and sublime, earthy music into the progressive realm, creating a soundtrack that could appease most twilight vultures. This reviewer was inducted into Gazpacho through P.A.'s highly rated, Night, and though the musical technicality of Gazpacho never quite satisfies the shredder's palette, their song crafting does create a hypnotic atmosphere, fronted by a vocalist that could draw comparisons to a restrained (less nasally) Billy Corgan, who's confined to an Aslyum, and sedated on horse tranquilizers.

Demon is a short album, consisting of only 4 songs clocking in around 45 minutes, with less-than-gleeful titles. Is it prog? Alternative? Indie? Shoegaze? Dark cabaret, perhaps? You'll have to answer that yourself. When compared to their previous work, it's definitely a skosh more uncanny... a touch more bizarre (in a good way). There are enough twists in the arrangements to keep it interesting, especially when attention is focused on the tones of the instruments within the spacious music. Interludes of interesting stringed instruments pair with accordion (or bandoneon?) and middle eastern percussion like a finely crafted malbec pairs with blood red meat. Demon could be to prog what Beck's Sea Change was to pop. A subtle, subdued powerhouse of melancholic delight. If you're new to Gazpacho (and in the right mood) Demon is a good place to start as most of their albums maintain a strong consistent identity, but this one has the added dark magic. In the quiet depths of the music you'll swear you can feel the breath of a vampire on your neck.

In this day and age of musical ADHD, where albums are digested at an alarmingly fast rate, Gazpacho reminds us why it's important to take the time to smell the gravestone lilies and slow dance in a rain shower.

buddyblueyes | 4/5 |


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