The Doomed Bird of Providence is a project devoted to highlighting the darkness of Australian colonial history, and third album Burrowed into the Soft Sky is no exception. It does however break away from the previous two albums by leaving lyrics and vocals by the wayside in favour of two side-long instrumentals, each heavy with the weight of past atrocity. On Front & Follow.
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Stirringly political, The Doomed Bird of Providence’s work has long been focused on colonial histories of Australia, observing periods of oppression to indigenous life and identity. Where this previously manifested in lyrical observations and traditional storytelling, the group here create a meditative orchestral work through two aggressive, tension-smashing instruments, twinned with a sound direction that is equal parts pastoral, doomy, and post-rock.
Compositionally, it’s some of their most brilliant work, busy but compositionally sound, almost cinematic in how well the group diverges from one suite to another: the opener is seamless, opening on a hissing drum march and turning towards gorgeous a violin movement that builds and imbues environment. The tracks, detailing different things, are shaded differently: “Burrowed Into The Soft Sky” is a piece that details the passing of a comet through the sky, offering a ruminative disquiet before a noisy, plummeting finale. “The Blood Dimmed Tied is Loose” opens on dissonant, devastatingly pitched string work with resonant fury, unfolding a detailing of atrocity against indigenous people by colonisers. It is a shrieking, noise-filled sound piece with overtones of driving military music.
Viewed in its historically steeped context, this is an important listen detailing both lives and their oppressions.
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