Tales Of Murder And Dust are a band of heavy Danes who have moved into darker and weightier territory with each release. The Flow In Between was apparently ‘forged’ on an island whose name translates to ‘Death’, which appears to have seeped into the maudlin post-rock of the music. CD and clear vinyl releases, on Fuzz Club.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 06 April 2016
This week’s Fuzz Club is really averting its eyes from the standard boggy marsh of psychedelic doings, taking the label out of its workmanlike aesthetic and into new territories. This one, from Danish alt-crew Tales of Murder and Dust, has groaning strings, subdued whisper-songs and just an emotive hint of your psych rawk. There’s some screeching guitar affectations, but they’re subdued alongside everything else, turning the record towards the gaze of slowcore, post-rock and general sad transpirings.
Listen to “Black Reflections” and you might think Godspeed or A Silver Mt. Zion were trying to streamline their sound into a succinct version of their sound, one that could soundtrack a particularly climactic Friday Night Lights scene. Nothing in this sound is raised higher than anything else, with melodies democratically parsed out between violins and guitars while the drumbeats are raised up to be little more than musings. The double bass lock that opens “Sisters” does invoke a louder, more thrashing band, but it leads into the more pantomimic “Distorted Ways”, which, if I may again refer to the wondrous world of televised drama, brings to mind a good version of the Sherlock theme tune -- in this thread, have some twinkling piano additives and synthetic strums.
This record has an interesting, stargazing attitude to life, and will do anything for a feeling, even if they have to throw a banjo into a shoegazed cloud of sustain (that’s “Distorted Ways”). ‘The Flow In Between’ ends on the lushest bit of gothic industrial you could choose to put your ears to. If you want to, then I approve.
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