::: Cradle Grave ::: "saper vedere"
dark-wave electronic dark-ambient
Cradle/Grave's debut CD is an enchanting collection of melancholic
minimalist darkwave electronica. The two-piece band is 1/2 based in
Wollongong and 1/2 in Canberra. For me, the influences come from dark
ambient isolationist music, gothic music, trip-hop, labels such as Dorobo
Records (acts like Shinjuku Thief) and it's even comparable in places
with well-known ventures such as Enigma and Delerium. It's mostly instrumental
with a few tracks featuring ghostly whispered male vocals. It's hard
to know what the song titles at the end of the CD are as there are only
10 listed on the jacket, while there are 12 tracks on the CD.
Anyway, my favourite piece is track 11 (the name of which I can't figure
out!) with it's chugging bass-synth, minimal piano melody, soaring synth-strings,
crunching trip-hoppish beats, and well-chosen world music female vox
samples. This is something that's accessible & worthy of widespread
radio play. My next favourite is "deadman's ocean 1 & 2" which sounds
likes a soundtrack to a play: minimal bell motif, ghostly and gothicish
droning waves of isolationist synth and noise, finally building into
exotic tribalistic electroid percussion. 12 tracks over 64 minutes.
Released in co-operation with Heartland Records - PO Box 126, balaclava,
You can get a copy of the CD from the band for $??? care-of: PO Box
1034 Albion Park Rail NSW 2527 Australia. E-mail: [email protected]