Vibrant Light, “Silent Siege”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 11.17.14 in Listen to This

Drew Piraino writes songs that are surrounded by shadows. On his gorgeous new record, Lust for Morality, released last month by Psychic Trouble Tapes, the stretches grey synth bands across the length of his moody, drifting compositions. There are audible elements of classic 4AD — This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, the Lonely is an Eyesore compilation — but there’s something about Piraino’s songs that are even statelier. Witness “Silent Siege,” Morality‘s opening track. Icy droplets of guitar cascade across funereal keyboards, sounding like the prologue to some grand religious ceremony held outdoors in the winter night. Piraino’s voice is far in the background, but it’s deep and rich and anchors the song in a severe, hymnlike melody. It is devastating in its beauty — slow, sorrowful, enveloping.