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Into the Failing Light by Lost Harbours
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7/10 Mike 16 April 2014

Drone or folk; which is sadder? It's a question which has divided opinions throughout the ages, causing bitter rifts between families which ferment through generations into bloodshed. Striding purposefully through this smoke and chaos come Lost Harbours, with the purpose of bringing union to these two disparate miseries, uniting them in a grandiose dirge of an album, a mogadon smear of freeform hums and rumbles and tinkles and moans that grumbles along with steady purpose.

In other words, this is a droney folk record, or a folky drone record, it's hard to tell which. It surprises me that Lost Harbours are only a duo because sometimes the textures can get pretty thickly layered and ominous. I'm not too sure about the vocals and am finding them a bit distracting, but if you like the idea of Nico singing on a Current 93 song then you might disagree. This is definitely one for people who like their music slow and miserable like Tibet & co. Considering how drifty and indistinct it is, it has a truly heavy feel to it, particularly in 'Portal' where a grossly distorted guitar spews out earthy thrums and whining feedback, but even in its quieter moments there's a feeling of cold, dark heaviness to it.

I'm finding it sonically interesting, but in terms of enjoyment a bit of a slog.



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