Nick Grey Catlandgrey
By Marcus Pan
This is a very disconcerting CD, with a
dark underwater kind of feel and a very loping movement. Its strange how
something this pretty can be this strangely disconcerting. The problem Im
having though is since I have a burned CD in a cut case, which is fine really,
I dont have a track listing for it which means it will be hard for me to
actually discuss songs other than using track numbers.
Track 2, for one, is a good example at what Nick Grey does.
Slow, classical and folk influenced loping passages in both time and
introspection. I recall his Les Eaux Territoriales very well. Prior
to that, Regal Daylight is another done with his Random Orchestra.
Both releases gave us the same indication that Nicks work will
either be loved or hated because of its unconventionality and loping sadness.
This time, on Catlandgrey, he teams up with Nihiruneko.
Track 3 takes a brighter melody over some random foreign
language samples for barely a minute and a half very surreal
before moving into a similar melody with Nicks brooding baritone vocals.
The castanets in Track 4 are
menacing in a way. How something so light and
tapping can be described as menacing is beyond me, but nonetheless
thats my take on it. The static-laced ghostly movements add a deeper
sentiment of strangeness to the track. The short under two minute fifth track
has slow moving guitar strums battered by windy curses.
Nick Greys work is always some of the most welcome
here for the simple fact that its so strange and unnerving that I love to
delve into it. No matter who he teams up with, his darker aesthetic always
shines (broods?) through to be a focal point to hinge your fears on.
Catlandgrey is a triumph in that it will awaked deeper emotions in you,
caressing your subconscious with its brooding nature.
Nick Grey / Milk
& Moon Recordings
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 Reviewed in Legends #146.
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