The Imaginary Suitcase – Driftwood – LP review

From Belgium –  The Imaginary Suitcase – has a new eleven track LP – Driftwood – scheduled for release on the 10th March 2014.

The Imaginary Suitcase - Driftwood - artwork

The Imaginary Suitcase – Driftwood – artwork

An intense and introspective release offering a reflective on life.

Opening with the title track, Driftwood sets the scene and tone for the LP with sombre haunting summary of life’s experiences.

Bring On The Dancing Horses does lift the darker cloud to reveal a more uplifting chorus, though don’t be fooled into thinking this all smiles.

Next up is Second To None, with flats being used in the chord progressions of the opening guitar to lay down the sense of the song, which recalls the lost joyfulness of youth to be overcome by a life impinged by others in a growing sense of sadness. The Imaginary Suitcase deliver this six minute track as a warning beacon in a style very much of a story handed down through generations.

Half Of Myself changes inference with a fuller band sound to it as bass, percussion and electric guitar join in the storytelling of connectedness, which for the very emphasis of being something of a love-song, exacerbates the loneliness and introspective nature of Driftwood.

Marking the half way point of the LP is Like Rain, which reverts back to acoustics and the sharp contrast between this and the previous song sharpens the focus on the track which reflects on the ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’ of being alive.

Opening the second half of the release is Ashes To Ashes.

The seven and a half minute Holy Water brings in new instrumentation to the LP and a vaguely French ballad extraction, making for this and the previous track to stand as sharp contrasts to the earlier pieces and is my pick of the release.

Before I knocked is vocal only and Laurent Leemans is able to inject the emotional context of the piece using only rich voice and echo.

In immediate contrast comes the most up-beat sound on Driftwood, A Plausible Lie which has a rock-a-billy tempo prior to evolving into a theatrical commentary in a song dripping with cynicism. It is worth the price of the LP on it’s own.

The penultimate track Three Sisters brings the LP back to the opening sobriety and sombre nature of the opening parts of the release before mounting into anther prophetic conclusion.

Concluding with Full Moon Lullaby which calmly and appropriately rounds off a fifty minute LP I recommend getting hold of when it becomes available.

Driftwood is available for pre-order on bandcamp.

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