Album Review

Classical, The – “Diptych” – [Time Released Sound]

Thurston Hunger   5/7/2015   A Library, CD

Duo transplanted from Colorado to SF, deliver music both
stark and yet ornate. Juliet E. Gordon sings edgy, tripped out
lyrics with a smooth torch delivery, well there are a few
times where she rises to scream and shriek. Songs are rooted
in piano, with theatrical flourish but the assorted samples
precariously placed on said piano, made me feel like I
was on a sinking luxury liner. Or at times those samples
feel like big rigs skidding towards me in a dark tunnel.
In the best possible way, you know. Thrilling! Britt Ciampa
on percussion is the right man for the job, and he helps out
with some back-up voice as well. He’s often a click and
clack guy, as if a possessed metronome lashing out with a
whip as songs slink by. And it’s a slow and ominous slink,
not far from the dark woods where Scott Walker punches sides
of beef for a rhythm. That being said, Britt rolls out a rock
frenzy 4 minutes into “The Blue Room” and Juliet gets a
little damned, with a fine gut-wrench shriek. “Our Lady of
Revenge” is a catchy love song to a monster, well this here
monster appreciated it. Such an excellent release, it’s like
making out with an alien and I’m still figuring out all the
moves, but just sitting back and letting this album sink its
teeth into your ears for 45 minutes is one hell of a start.
A timely Time Sensitive release with hopefully a live radio
broadcast and peep show to come soon!
-Thurston Hunger

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