Friday, March 26, 2010

Love via Paper Planes cd review on Foxy Digitalis

This debut full-length from Perth, Australia band The Ghost of 29 Megacycles (named after a book about recording the voices of ghosts on tape) is strong, with an emphasis on texture rather than immediacy: slow, drawn out, lovely tones are created from guitar and organ (especially the guitar part on the song "We are the New Romantics") with occasional vocal lines, reminiscent of Liz Harris's, blending with the instruments rather than driving the songs via lyrics. It is a great combination of sounds and timbres.
There are times on the album when melody comes to the forefront, as on the album's title-track, and when a straightforward vocal delivery occurs, as on the song "True Love Will Find You in the End"--it will be interesting to see where they might take this sound in the future--but mostly these pieces are slow, and reward patient listening; they are more like distant landscape paintings than close-ups. 7/10 -- Jordan Anderson (24 March, 2010)

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