Basing a record on a recurring dream is a chancey proposition, but when the dream features an emaciated woman rising out of a lake and when the person having the dream is a former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, the risks get cut considerably. Blending eerie, ominous synths with tribal drums and wisps of guitar, the debut album from nearLY (aka Jerome Dillon) plays like an old horror film. There are ominous whooshes and ghostly tones pulsing beneath the ethereal vocals of 12 Rounds 'Claudia Sarne. With a vocal guest spot by Greg Dulli and violin by Petra Haden, Reminder is a who's-who of misery. Sadness has never sounded so sweet.
By Richard Gehr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
With a name that references psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna's experiences with the otherworldly entheogen DMT, bassist Mark Rivard's Club d'Elf delivers nearly as much alien rapture as that moniker wo...
By Dean Budnick on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Slip bridges the bounds between jazz and pop aesthetics, with results that are occasionally abstruse yet often sublime. This release, a 2005 Jammy Award nominee for Live Album of the Year, presents the band in fine f...
By Hua Hsu on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.