Chorus of Souls- Chorus of Souls
Fans of Mephisto Walz or Aurora may well slap their foreheads suddenly when listening to Chorus of Souls; "So that's what it's all really about!" Here are all the elements that so many nouveau-gothique bands have attempted to weave together; lush strings a wonderful (wondrous, magnificent, superduper even) female vocalist, sparse and floating keyboards, and a strong, thick subdued beat. Yet where others have used the same tools, somehow, Chorus of Souls just handles them differently. Entering with a strong, even danceable piece of aether in "Whirling Dervishes", they continue all over the spectrum of their genre: "Attrition" is a satisfyingly harsh piece of noise a la Dive or Whitehouse, while "Svadhistana" enters Peter Gabriel territory with its ethnic rhythms and almost-subliminal reeds. If you can't find this in your local SuperMusicHouseOfEverythingEverExceptAnythingGood, write Fluxus directly- having this album will make you the envy of every acid eating DJ on your block.
-(felch) - Permission Magazine #7
Built around the hauntingly expressive vocals of Jill Sparks, Chorus of Souls weave the type of melodies and instrumentation you would expect from their name. These are ten songs that create a dismal yet beautiful mood. Songs like "Whirling Dervishes" and "Seaside Man" conjure up feelings of longing and wishfulness, yet there's nothing inherently sad about the music. Tastefully added violin (on "Kick the Kill") and additional Middle-Eastern style percussion (on "Svadhistana") help this band stand out amongst the masses.
This self title debut from the LA-based Chorus of Souls is a kind of eclectic east-west sound punctuated with Jill Sparks' soaring vocals. "Hung Over in Church" and "Attrition" are hellish little tracks that sink hooks into your skin and drag you deep into your tortured mind. And when you're skinless there is no where to hide (yok yok). Svadhistana is somewhat reminiscent of Santana. All in All echoes with breezy mournfulness. Overall dissonant abstractions mix with celestial currents, punctuations of hypnotic drum patterns. Landscapes of ritual, tribal suffering and little demons running around all over the place.
Though Chorus of Souls existed less than three years, in that short span they managed to weave a brilliant collage of songs both dark and beautiful. A collection connected by the eerily beautiful voice of Jill Sparks. With titles like "Hung Over in Church", "Art is Dead", "Kick the Kill", and "Whirling Dervishes" how could one not find something to their liking.
-(Finn) Raven's Tear
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