Sieben – “Line and The Hook, The” – [World Serpent Dist.]
Gravestench, when he bequeathed this CD to me to review, asked if I’ve read Siegfried Sassoon, a noted poet soldier decorated for bravery at the Western Front in World War I. Matt Howden’s poetry in this CD (in addition to a few penned by his father) commemorates the somber experience of all soldiers. His violin is of course a hallmark, but what you notice throughout these is the percussive drumrolls that invoke images of marching, a steady heartbeat beneath the lyrics (printed out on the insert) sung by Matt and Jane Howden, her voice an echo, a chant, or a partner in duet. 10 is kind of creepy in a cool way, with its connections between witches and battle scars. 11 begins with an interesting Latin feel but ends in an acoustic guitar rock-out. There are modem sounds on 8, light spots (5), and dismal ones (6). All of it is provocative and beautiful in its own way.