V/A - "Listening In Solitude"
By Dan Century
DJ Faithless provides a slice
of pre-millennium dance madness with the distribution of Listening In
Solitude. The disc is a taste of the music from inside Isolation, a Dallas
area monthly Gothic/Industrial event. It is broken down to 12 tracks that are
in 3 sections from separate Isolation events over the past year. This disc was
provided to me for review, so I am not even sure if this is something that can
be purchased or not. I have tried to access DJ Faithless' web page which is
temporarily down as of this writing.
The most important thing about this body of work is that it
is an actual recording from inside a Goth/Industrial club. For the under 18
crowd this can furnish a taste of what is happening in the clubs you want to
get into but just can't at the moment due to age restrictions. It is a shame
that many other DJ's in the Gothic realm have been unable to accomplish this as
this musical venue is an absolute joy to listen to repeatedly. Putting
"legalities" aside for a moment, by allowing DJ's to sample their mixing
talents, they also expose a larger population to a broad range of music that
might otherwise not be heard. Due to this disc, there are quite a number of
bands that I will be seeking out quite soon.
Each section is handsomely mixed by Faithless to render just
over an hour's worth of sampled delicacies. Each track is a stellar performer,
but when mixed with such prestidigitation, they are flawless.
If you are in the Dallas area, keep an eye open for the next
event and go listen, dance and have fun!