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“Laughing Eye Weeping Eye transports you to another place, perhaps....... to a magick ceremony with fire-breathing serpents.”
Bleats the press release. But why would I want to go there when I could sit at home and watch ‘The Voice’ on TV? Ok then, if I really have to.
More entertainingly, on the back sleeve there is a picture of a man and a lady and the lady has a brilliant face painted on the back of her hair. This does nothing to prepare you for the music which is a swirl of harmonium and vocals which sound like they were recorded in the 18th century. It sits somewhere between the dark brooding of Nico, the bleak brooding of Zola Jesus and (on ‘Beway’) like The Sea Nymphs (aka The Cardiacs) attempting to replicate the soundtrack to The Wicker Man.
Phil is reminded him of some of the weirder elements of Kate Bush’s utterly brilliant ‘The Dreaming’ album. There are aboriginal type drum beats, screechy female vocals and a general unnerving air that would make me run for my life if ever approached to join their weird cult. On one track a lone drum is joined by scary recorders and a horse neighing itself to insanity. Phil likes it. He says its a bit like Espers, he likes the strange witchy ladies. I for one am terrified, I want to go home right now.
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