Landslide by Brian Conniffe / Suzanne Walsh / Diarmuid Macdiarmada

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8/10 ReviewBot3000 15 August 2014

Here's the fourth in a series of six mini-LPs featuring collaborations with cross-genre serial collaborator Brian Conniffe. Here he's paired with "visual artist and musician" Suzanne Walsh and "polymath" Diarmuid MacDiarmada. It's pretty hard to tell who's doing what, although the vocalist sounds more like a Suzanne than a Brian or a Diarmuid. Closing track 'Not The Night' features a treated sample from the Coil Reconstruction Kit, "used with permission". Whose permission I wonder. The 12" is dedicated to the memory of both the people you'd want to ask, Jhonn Balance and Peter Christopherson.

It's very listenable neofolk-meets-dark-ambient stuff though. Walsh has a clear, calming voice which rings out over indistinct near-ambient textures, drones and judders. The two most interesting pieces come on side B, firstly 'Beneath White Sheets' has some glassy trebly shimmers that hang weightlessly over a seemingly medieval-influenced melody complete with Moondog-ish male rondo backups followed by spooky female call and response. The closer is the one with the Coil sample, 'Not The Night', and perhaps unsurprisingly it's the chilliest and most confrontational of the five cuts here, a strangely amorphous electronic excursion full of stretchy groans and creaks and sinister disjointed vocal phrases, its time-stretched, woozy melody cluttered with all manner of sonic debris in a way that gets a little chaotic in places.

LIYL Current 93, Coil, Nurse With Wound


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