::: Confession of Faith ::: "Stillborn"
Well this is something that's certainly different. It's like a mix
between the Happy Mondays, and other U.K. baggy trouser groups of the
late 80s-early 90s, mixed with slow electro-industrial. The male vocals
are delivered in a very dry wayward slightly hoarse manner, like the
H.M.'s, but they're cool, even if a bit too similar in rhythm throughout
all the tracks. If I didn't know they were from the US I'd assume COF
were from the U.K. or Europe by the vocal sound.
Indeed COF describe their sound as "industrial celtic". Under the
vocals, are slow plonking electroid beats, many layers of bubbling synths,
guitars, distorted bass and a, is it a mandolin (?), that meander and
weave their way organically through the mix. I really like the contrast
of the loose instruments over the tight programmed beats. Another review
of this album said: "...make the effort to dig underneath the deceptively
"boring" surface and find the golden treasure at the core." Well that
pretty much sums it up, but I wouldn't have said "boring", not the right
choice of word at all... perhaps "unexcited" is the word to describe
the reserved delivery of the vocals and slow beats. The standout track
for me is "Barrow" as it's the most unique, plus I know it best from
the Chain DLK magazine#7 CD compilation - see review in this issue.
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