Album Review

Waters, Dane – “Dark Waters” – [Albtraummusik]

Thurston Hunger   5/29/2015   A Library, CD

Opera-house pipes and an underground mind combine in Dane’s
first solo release. Her work with the Louisville madhouse
matrix Sapat opened my ears and in-basket to Ms. Waters.
There is a soothing sweep often to her voice, but
whispered overdubs (as on “Moving”) or some chains
rattling (“Blue”) or a kind of airplane static earworm
(interrupting the orphic reverie of “Teeth of a Bear”) never
let this album touch your gentle spot. Rococo coquette piano
melodies on some of the tracks might put you in mind of
a drawing room. “Winter” with semi cold wave beats
and “Dream Again” with its flouncing harp-like warmth
are two of the more allegro affairs. The latter with
its music box shimmers, and perhaps a brief nod to
The Cure? Perhaps, not? But there’s a gothic flair
they both share, and dark prettiness to their sweetly
sordid sentiments. Ultimately the style of Water’s
singing amplifies the words even while nearly
dissolving them. There’s no libretto and little
liberty. “Blue” winds up with
“I can’t believe what you’ve done…”
each syllable stretched nearly to the vanishing point.
Or “Rappelle” which goes Poe and bilinguially laments
“is he gone dead, or buried alive…” repeatedly
Songs of invisibility and levitation are no guards
against the pain and regret of our mortal coils.
Might as well enjoy Dane’s Macabre! Be Bewitched!
-Thurston Hunger

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