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Decadence – “a Beheaded Winner and Fragrances of Happiness” – [CAPP]

lombard   2/25/2014   A Library, CD

Beginning with the rumble of thunder and an enveloping rainstorm, this 1999 release from Decadence is a slumber-inspired journey into darkness (is it a dream or a fairy tale?). Spoken word vocals from a poetic, possibly tormented narrator are the focal point of the 8 spooky tracks. Each piece leads into another and the journey ends in a nightmare, with music box lullabyes interrupted by a growling demon (using sampled sounds of chinchilla screams at a slaughterhouse). With bits of lyrics credited to Nietzsche and Dostoievski (Dostoyevsky?), it’s dark and haunting and at times reminiscent of elements of Chris and Cosey (vocals) and This Mortal Coil (instrumental swirling).

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