Saturday, October 24, 2009Artist: The Golden Sores
Title: A Peaceable Kingdon
A surprise from the prolific and controversial BloodLust! label.
Artwork wise, this release has the classic BloodLust! packaging: Double sided cover, and nicely printed disc. Minimal, with a historic painting of a bound sheep. More imagery of this type would have been nice, but overall, it's a nice packaging job.
A Peaceable Kingdom demonstrates a unique style of soft drone. There are some wicked tones on this disc, but it all maintains a very light presence. A few of these tracks, such as "The Awful Rowing Toward God" and "Klonopin" start soft and build up to a louder, incomprehensible drone up high breaking tones, and sometimes voice. As things progress, they digress back into softness. The tracks are mixed nicely, with a great use of stereo separation. What I really like is the hint of musical synth patterns I'm able to make out here and there. I'm reminded of Locrian, but in a more musical and accessible style, which is a big plus for me. The track "Ondine" really showcases this. It's the album's standout track. It's the perfect length as well (all tracks besides this one are over six minutes, and 4 of them are over eight minutes). The Golden Sores are a great duo producing an interesting style that I was quite surprised to hear from the BloodLust! label, but a happy surprise it has been. I hope to hear more soon.