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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Music For Dead Birds - Cathedrals

Latest to arrive through the Frequency-Ireland postbox, the second demo from Galway two-piece Music For Dead Birds. Drawing influences from severe lethargy and the burden of ageing, these two solemn musicians are surely only creating for the benefit of their own mental health, or so goes the press release.

Leaving mental health issues aside, this is a well balanced and varied offering worth sharing with more ears. Opening with a solemn organ backed intro reminiscent of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, the EP branches out subsequently in quite different directions. An acoustic instrumental follows with First Time Seeing An Ocean, before we lead into The Sex, a well penned indie-folk strain which is surely the highlight of the demo. Perfume then recedes into a sleepy and laid back indie-acoustic meandering, which reminds somewhat of The Blue Trees EP from Welsh outfit Gorky's Zygotic Mynci before the remainder of the demo delves into some welcome experimentalism, with Marvellous Dog a curious propulsion overdubbed with chatter, and then an alluring outro takes one on a journey with the sparsest of melodies, about as hypnotic as the last time hearing an ocean. 7/10.

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