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- The Dull Age/ Victims by Tropic of Cancer
8/10 Brian Staff review, 27 July 2011
God, the atmosphere on the 'A' of this record really reminds me of 'Garlands'-era Cocteaus but with no gothic guitar scree or possessed Liz Frazer histrionics. On 'The Dull Age' a ghostly drum machine waltzes in the background while an absorbing wall of warm thrumming melancholia wraps around your mind like black silk. It's a simple but effective piece with a deep, minimal sound and a surprising amount of atmosphere. The flip is more akin to Moon Duo writing a piece for a doomy road movie or a modern spaghetti western. That sparse drum machine thuds away metronomically in the background as spidery, dubby neo-gothic elements shimmer, fizz and echo intoxicatingly. There's a human voice intoning, nay mumbling, somewhere within the sonic murk but it's largely unintelligible, yet completely adds to the powerful feel of the song! This moody track would mix into a set nicely after, say, a Forest Swords tune to give you some idea of the dynamic and style. 'Victims' is marginally even more appealing than the other side. Great tunes - minimal, eerie and quite timeless!
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