This is not music to approach when pressed for time as typically individual pieces last in excess of quarter of an hour and the live performance of Nuits Dark Ritual VII is no exception with a run time of just over twenty two minutes.
The eerie chanting vocal is surrounded by clicking percussion on bones, stones and leather and a low humming electronica which fills the room in an ever more oppressive brooding presence with the second half of the track wrapped in an industrial reference and an overpowering feeling of panic prior to the composition decaying in to a distorted self-destruction.
It is always interesting to follow the journey of musicians and Chris Morrin is one who has featured from time to time since 2009 with Reader’s Wives – in 2010 with Robotnik and in 2013 with Blood & Honey.
Now – having taken time out concentrating on poetry and film he returns as Morrin with focus as a live performer of music of protest against a system that is failing the vast majority – by way of introduction – a rendition of the track You Show Me The Way.
The Moldovan newwave trio 1000facez kindly sent notes of an LP in the offing.
I was sent four live recordings of tracks that will be on the forthcoming as yet unnamed album – where to start? Perhaps – by clearing the room to allow space to dance – followed by turning up the speakers before going anywhere near the play button – as 1000facez dig deep pockets in to late ’70s, whilst adding their own more local cultural flourish.
From the choices available to me – my selection – who can resist a good old moonstomp with Ska At The Disco.
The US / England country quintet Jess And The Bandits release the LP Smoke And Mirrors on the 15th of September.
Jess And The Bandits
From the forthcoming album a live stripped back acoustic version of Start A War recently surfaced which allows the highly impressive vocal to take centre stage with little adornment and indicates why their appeal is international.