Virgil Music for the Others
By Marcus Pan
Music for the Others
is one out of three CDs Ive recently received from artist Virgil. In
Music For the Others were treated to the aural representations of
childhood ghost stories, done similarly albeit much more minimally than Joe
Renzetti as he did on his Talking to the Dead. Virgils work is
much lower tone, however, with less activity but still tells some pretty scary
stories to your brain.
Ancestors Voices minimal windy opening
riddled with resonating screeches barely discernible
the kind of noise
that you hear on a Winter night that makes you wonder just on the edge of
sanity if that is only wind or something a little more supernatural. It stays
very minimal and just like this with no additives, making you sometimes want a
bit more. Brick Houses which follows opens with slow keyboards. It could
have done a little more than it did however, only tickling your subconscious
with a feather tip. It doesnt change enough to be 6+ minutes long.
Communing plays around a bit bubbly and surreal-like.
An almost spacey atmosphere exudes from it. By the time Dark Park starts
Im hoping Music For the Others will take me someplace, but thus
far this tracks church organ movements are the farthest Ive come
and this doesnt take me too deeply into things either, not reaching its
potential somehow, although its one of the better offerings here with
spooky melodies spliced occasionally into the mix.
Devils Teakettle uses bass much in the same way
Brick Houses used keys and Dark Parks organ. But again the
anchoring movement is repetitive and simplistic. Dust Devil gets
surrealistic again, like Communing, and makes you lose your way being a
bit sillier sounding than scary sounding. The piano in Fairview Spector
is a nice surprise and is actually quite pleasant, regardless of its being
about a ghost. I just wish it wasnt as repetitive as it was.
Virgil does a decent job of communicating feelings of fear
and subliminal anxiety here on Music For the Others, but it might be
just a tad too minimal for me. Movements of music are slow and ambient, with
little in the way of striking climactic levels of feeling. Instead it remains
brooding and introspective and I guess with the building of the music into
thoughts of ghostly phenomena and scariness I was hoping for something that
would suddenly lash out more than remain hidden.
Post: R4 Box 2325, Linton, IN, 47441, USA
 A favorite, reviewed in Legends #96.