CD Review

Nick Grey – “Catlandgrey”

By Marcus Pan

CatlandgreyThis is a very disconcerting CD, with a dark underwater kind of feel and a very loping movement. It’s strange how something this pretty can be this strangely disconcerting. The problem I’m having though is since I have a burned CD in a cut case, which is fine really, I don’t 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[1] very well. Prior to that, Regal Daylight[2] is another done with his Random Orchestra. Both releases gave us the same indication – that Nick’s 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 Nick’s 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 that’s 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 Grey’s work is always some of the most welcome here for the simple fact that it’s 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.

Contact Information:
Nick Grey / Milk & Moon Recordings
E-Mail nickgrey@milkandmoon.com
Web: www.milkandmoon.com
Web: www.nick-grey.com
[1] Reviewed in Legends #153.
[2] Reviewed in Legends #146.

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