Sardonically released on Valentine's Day, this is the best one yet from King Midas Sound, once again stripped back to the duo of Kevin Martin (The Bug/Techno Animal) and poet/music-maker Roger Robinson. The tone is icy and bitter, the many narrations consumed by spiteful jealousy in a post-brakeup haze. All the rhythmic pulse of dub has now subsided, a wraith-like presence which blankets Robinson's malice fuelled spoken word.
Staff note from Ant:
Totally floored by this record. A candid, stark and deeply affecting portrayal of love and loss, isolation, emptiness and jealousy. Roger Robinson's words are something else on this album and Kevin Martin's production is bone chilling. Buy on sight!
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Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for an album to come along and just tear my heart clean out through splintered bones and show it to me as it takes its final beat. As someone totally immersed in both old and new music, I’m very aware of how disposable music can be - and don’t get me wrong -- I do enjoy a lot of music that is ultimately disposable. But this, to me at least, is a record that is absolutely destined to remain timeless. Timeless like other records that deal with the universal subject matter of heartbreak; from Leadbelly’s ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’, Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ to Rhythm & Sound w/ Love Joys ‘Best Friend’. And like the aforementioned track - this is like Lovers Rock gone awfully sour.
Kevin Martin’s (The Bug) stunning bedrock of blue ambient and intricately layered drone-scapes are a masterful use of dissonance and negative space - those voids sometimes filled with profound and at times uncomfortably intimate words from Roger Robinson, who is in total genius mode throughout. His spoken word remarkably evocative - each lyric a brushstroke in a painting filled with loneliness, longing, desperation, despair, jealousy, lust, desire and just about any other word you can think of to relay the sickening, lonely feeling experienced during the dissolution of two people sharing the ultimate emotion that makes the world go round.
Sure, like probably most people I can relate to the pain, hence why the theme is so prevalent in music generally - as it resonates with so many humans, but this is totally unlike any album I’ve ever heard in the sense that it so accurately portrays that helpless, BLEAK feeling of total darkness. It’s a triumph of an album that’s totally floored me in its unrelenting, uncompromising power. In an increasingly plastic music world this feels like discovering a genuine pearl - something forged so pure and organically and has a rare authenticity that is frighteningly REAL. Martin’s electronics gently glow, shimmer and flicker like the very last burning embers of the fires of love. I set aside some time specifically in near darkness in the small hours to consume this in actual solitude and it chilled me to the very core of my being. This is as beautiful as music gets - can’t recommend it highly enough.
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