Album Review

Fovea Hex – “Huge ” – [Die Stadt]

Thurston Hunger   7/3/2006   A Library, CD

Volume 2 in the NEITHER SPEAK NOR REMAIN SILENT trilogy.
Something about this feels like being in a waiting room
anticipating the results of a pregnancy test. CLODAGH
SIMONDS and ANDREW McKENZIE are the parents, with help
from sundry sonic midwives, apparently including audio
neurosurgeon Brian Eno. The drone elements on this have
a clinical neon buzz to them, and CLODAGH (“chloe” in
Amurrican) has a voice that while comforting, somehow
sweetly suggests ominous loomings. The first and third
tracks both have lyrics, each featuring an inescapable
night; although that night may be worrisome, or it may
be welcomed. CLODAGH’s voice is as unhurried and as
beguiling as the instrumentation it is cushioned in.
That sound, built upon glass, fretless bass and other
smooth sources, just molds right into the listening
ear. On the last cut, Chloe’s voice is trebled without
trouble by singing psuedo-siblings: Laura Sheeran and
Sarah McQuaid. Outstanding follow up to volume 1, and
though an ephemeral ep with only three tracks, each has
elements of elongation that add up to a longer now.
Wow! -Thurston Hunger

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