For Lovers (2005, Parasomnic)
know you’re in for a long listen when:
You pop the cd in and the display reads over 72 minutes
2) The very first sound you hear is wind blowing
3) The liner notes warn that a song containing delta frequencies
('Goodnight Princess') may cause drowsiness.
the moody, atmospheric record. This album brought to us here by
programmer Jason Coffman and vocalist Teresa Santoski. While it’s
fun to play the 'was that a line of guitar feedback or a door
creaking?' game, there’s little else to nab our attention.
Layers of light synth humming, sound washes, and various weather
patterns whooshing by can get tedious, if not downright pointless,
without some other elements to spice it up.
the flavor and flourish doesn’t hit the music taste buds until
the unnamed, unlisted track 6 (whoever heard of a hidden track in
the middle of an album?) where the dreariness steps aside for a
cool percussive exercise a la Amon Tobin. Santoski’s ethereal
vocals are great, but her appearances are few and underutilized.
'All Yours' loops her lovely and chilling voice effectively, but
the vocal effect of 'Tomie' might as well have been lifted from
a Sounds Of The Whales cd.
through the ten minute soundscape of 'Wait Here' and be rewarded
with the pretty cool 'VFD', which pits a stuttering synth against
an ocean wave, and believe it or not, we hear something resembling
last I’ll (kinda) go with a music crit standby: It’s
good for what it is. …But what is it? Background music for
a person who only paints haunted houses? The soundtrack to a suspense/thriller
movie about glaciers? The results of sweeping up Godspeed You Black
Emperor!’s and M83’s cutting room floor? The title says
'Noise For Lovers' but I refuse to believe our sweetest, most passionate
emotion strives in such a creepy, lethargic environment.