Monday, October 25, 2010

Sailors With Wax Wings - s/t

Sailors With Wax Wings is a side-project of Pyramids creator R. Loren. He enlisted a who's-who for this atmospheric debut, which should be enough to pique your interest past any sort of influential review: Ted Parsons (Swans/Godflesh/Prong), Colin Marston (Krallice/Behold…The Arctopus), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Simon Scott (Slowdive), Dominick Fernow (Prurient/Cold Cave), Vern Rumsey (Unwound), Hildur Gudnadottir (Múm/Throbbing Gristle/The Knife), Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Marissa Nadler, J. Leah, James Blackshaw, [and artwork by] David Tibet (Current 93) and Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer/Pyramids).

Basically the album operates as a shoegaze/dreamy collision of tremolo guitars and vocal effects often interspersed male/female. It lulls in some spots, but intentionally so, and repeat listens really give the feeling of experimentation while holding onto a fundamental sound -- guitars often criss-cross and intersect, the drums feel disconnected, vocal effects warble into clean, and in choice moments, the album explores darker territories that contrast perfectly with the otherwise ethereal.