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.
you heard it 16 times on kfjc! most recently:
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