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TO DO MORE THAN GOD . TO DIE

Long Live Death

 

Prog Folk

3.50 | 2 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars The least that can be said about LLD's debut album is that it has a real dark, spooky ambiance, Right from the awesome Big drum and its weird eerie chats singing "there is no death" (the track's title) you just know you're in a for a dark sombre almost-evil ride through the group's weird (and Wyrd folk), a bit as if Current 93 was to cover some Cohen tracks. Their weird instrumentation including cello, flute, gong, musical saw, accordion, bells, violin, melodica and vocals make up something you could call gospel-type of music mixed with the dark trad folk (I am thinking of Paul Giovanni's soundtrack music to the film The Wicker Man) is indeed arresting and disturbing.

Other artists that can be cited to seize the mood of this album would be a cross of Woven Hand, Incredible String Band, Espers, Faun Fables, sometimes even Comus. The group loves its eerie moods (perfectly matched by the spooky artwork), haunting melodies (underlined by the spellbinding cello lines on That Summer or Bits And Bits), multi-voiced verses and choruses, and slow drones (often accordion or cello) and a post rock feel! The albums close of the uncanny Patience Through All World where the lovely flute will remind the way Jefferson Airplane used it in some of their songs.

A fairly short album that has the lasting powers and is most likely to strike exactly where you wouldn't expect it. Although not that essential, this debut album is indeed original, often having a post-rock edge even if LLD is rather concise rather stretching the craft out to unreasonable lengths. As a matter of fact, this album is only 26-minutes long. Rounded up to the upper star!

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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