Saturday, November 19, 2011
Album Review - Radio For The Daydreamers ' Praying For The Be(a)st'
Opener 'We are only Safe before sunrise ' is a stunning statment of intent,opening with an aria of gorgeous lilting piano , which is interrupted abruptly by creepy as hell click-clack horror movie percussion, and the band's by now trademark restrained , dark electronica, overlaid with some chillingly realised and haunting female vocals.'Wasted Faces In Secret Places' lumbers up with some off kilter minimalist trickery a la UK techno loons Autechre , while the dub rhythms and surging, airy piano of 'Don't Give Up On Me yet Dad' send you crawling into the light for a moment, dazzled by false hope . .
However, the funereal interlude of 'Glowing Like Angels , You Are On Fire' drags us back down into the band's murky depths, and indeed, it is this balancing light and shadow that make this such a stunning record.Less of an album, than a soundtrack to possibly the most fucked up art film ever made, it's a fascinating and at times dizzyingly diverse blend of styles.Take for instance the spaced out weirdness of the amusingly titled Prog Jazz( All Musicians are freaks) , or the world percussion/smooth jazz mix up of 'Necrosis Stupor' , and contrast it with the gorgeously melancholic, cinematic stylings of a song like 'No One Ever Comes Here But Me',you might just find your sensibilities a little bit askew afterwards, but persevere, and the rewards are great.This is a record to explore , full as it is with narcotic wanderings and moments of overbearing paranoia, and one that will surely feed into your nightmares, waking and otherwise , and just waiting for you to buy into it's hellish alternate reality.Scared?You should be . . .
For fans of : Boards Of Canada, How To Destroy Angels, Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd
Stephen O ' Connor