Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You From
By Marcus Pan
Legendary Pink Dots, active since 1980, are a band that defies
explanation. Their compositions are strange, weird
folk like, experimental
and daring. As they embark on their 25th anniversary tour this year, which will
include the return of Martijn de Kleer, their latest release, Your Children
Placate You From Premature Graves, is disturbing and dark and echoes the
state of the planet that, if you ask me, is on the very brink of disaster.
Using elemental electronics with loping movements of bass
and rhythm, combining that with nightmarish spoken vocals and the occasional
stabs of horns, No Matter What You Do on track two takes us further into
a desperate nightmare. Stigmata (Part 4) gives us a light tinkling piano
tune, a breather from the previous darker edge. The light, chanting reading is
touched with desperation, but never strays too far into the murky depths,
staying on the very cliff of sanity looking off into the abyss of madness.
Feathers at Dawn is a cute little tune with flamenco,
Spanish influenced guitar and light male vocals. Its hoppy style at its onset
and within is almost cute inside the surrounding album. Please Dont
Get Me Wrong is a party in a Tupperware factory with Ali Baba as the chief
guest. The Island of Our Dreams is surprisingly sweet, but the backing
electronic dirges sets a stage of weirdness just beyond the otherwise nicey
nice vocals and guitar.
Songs like Bad Hair are similar, in that the Dots
tread on the waters of insanity but never deluge you. The Made Mans
Manifesto has a vocal quality that is kind of leery and strange, but
somehow inviting. Nearly done now, A Silver Thread is a foreboding horn
and wind ensemble, jazzlike.
The Legendary Pink Dots have always astounded people with
their weirdness. Compared to everything from Skinny Puppy to Coil, They Might
Be Giants and more, their folk influence is apparent but theyll mix in
surprising electronics, unexpected experiments and interesting bits of out of
place sounds. For anyone looking for something a little more strange for their
nightly candlelight vigils, Your Children Placate You From Premature
Graves will fit that bill brilliantly.
Post: 1227 Perry St., Denver, CO, 80204, USA
Phone: (877) 571-4521
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