Article by Del Chaney
Formed in 2007, Danish psych-gazing five piece Tales Of Murder And
Dust create stunning soundscapes of immense proportions that
continuously push the boundaries of our psychedelic awareness. Vocally
sublime, they meld together a subtle brand of dark shoegaze with psych
rock to create an impressive cacophony of sound that includes pounding
drums, waves of droning and noisy guitars, violins, sitars and
impressive organ swells. Their latest album, ‘The Flow In Between’, gets
its official release on the 23rd March 2016 via the brilliant London-based Fuzz Club Records and is available to pre-order right now from
The opening track on this impressive release is
‘Tidal Waves’. Creeping, maleficent percussion and dark guitar swells
entice the hauntingly brilliant violin to loop and arc throughout the
sonic atmosphere as the introduction of intermittent drum hits adds
intensity. When the vocal arrives it does so on a wave of beautiful
noise thats reminiscent of some religious choir holed up in a cavernous
church hall with its layers of impressive vocals dripping wet with
stunning reverb. A deliciously sublime whirling drone, riding a
hypnotically tempestuous shuffling drum pattern, heralds the arrival of
track two, ‘Black Reflections’, and with it comes that undeniably
addictive floating vocal line, hauntingly swirling within a dark melodic
sonic stew. ‘Black Reflections’ hits you right between the eyes,
awakening something rather special. Track three, ‘The Devil Is A Poet’, drags itself into the sonic ether on a wave of impressive guitars,
soaring organ swells, sparse percussion and hypnotic tambourine hits.
Reminiscent at times to Spacemen 3 or Sean Cook’s (Ex-Spiritualized) Lupine Howl with its opiate-induced vocal production, ‘The Devil Is A
Poet’ is a shuffling slab of sonic darkness personified.
‘Mirror’ sweeps into view and brings with it a certain feeling of
unease as a dark, brooding cacophony of droning guitars, haunting vocal
lines and steading drums collectively gives off a processional feeling.
This is another impressive track, full of widescreen cinematic qualities
and intense musical atmospherics. A throbbing bass line, hiding a
subtle droning guitar leads us into track four, the explosive ‘Sisters’.
As a swirling vocal progression intertwined within a melodic ball of
noise greets the listener, this track unfolds into something magical
with its melodic violins, pounding drums and delightful sonic peaks and
troughs. Track five, ‘Distoretd Ways’, is nine minutes plus of mind
inducing psychedelic brilliance. This track is a vivid maelstrom of
droning guitars, haunting sitars and violins, hypnotic explosive drum
patterns and that circumnavigate that impressive swirling vocal
progression. A masterpiece of epic proportions and possibly my favourite
track on this entire release.
Squalling feedback announces the
arrival of the album's closing track, ‘Endless Repetition’, as that dark
hypnotic vocal progression grabs you, pulling you into a swirling
whirlwind of golden orchestral instrumentation and beautifully
constructed musical progressions. That swirling drone works its magic,
stirring the entire sonic composition with aplomb, adding atmosphere and
bringing up new psychedelic visions with each reverberating pass.
This entire collection of tracks is an edge of your seat, no holds
barred, sonic journey of psychedelic discovery. Simply put... this
album is sublime!
Tales of Murder and Dust's website
Buy: 'The Flow Inbetween'.
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