Dalhous, “Abyssal Plane”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.28.14 in Listen to This

The last record from Marc Dall, who records for the excellent Blackest Ever Black label as Dalhous, was centered around the studies of Scottish psychiatrist Robert David Laing, who used philosophy as a gateway to understand the workings of the human brain. On the forthcoming Will to Be Well, he’s broadened his scope and, as the album’s title implies, he’s more concerned with recovery than he is psychosis. You can hear all of this in “Abyssal Plane,” the first song to be released from the record. Where its predecessor, the aptly-titled An Ambassador for Laing, was chilly to the point of remoteness, it’s songs largely comprised of percussive clicks and icy sheets of sound — “Abyssal Plane” is warmer and more directly melodic, at times recalling the moody, beautiful music on the B-Side of David Bowie’s Low.