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8/10 Brian Staff review, 21 July 2011
I like the sound of this! Temple Music was Alan Trench's last vehicle for ambient and neofolk-ish style outings but here the man has partnered up with a lady, the enigmatically-named Lisa. That's all you need to know of her identity as her sinister yet enticing vocals draw you in, all whispered/spoken word intonation and eerie dominatrix poetry curling round your head like seductive mist as a stunning concoction of progressive ambient moods, creepy electro-acoustics, dark/light electronics and the affectionate abuse of children's toys weaves amongst the words. It all sounds very beautifully produced and accomplished, Lisa's icy, sultry and manipulative voice very much suiting the otherworldly soundscapes. Alan also intones menacingly in a rather Satanic manner on a couple of numbers which creates a welcome contrast. The closest comparison I can muster is prime out-there Coil crossed with a hellish version of Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia! It may not be to everyone's taste but this is one of those defining Reverb Worship releases and I find the music on here is impressively startling, somehow being a musical paradox that comes across as simultaneously threatening and playful. Not one for the mums, this...
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