You may well know her and her glorious tones as part of Thee Oh Sees or in OCS, but the songs here really do testify to a brilliantly seasoned writer and the album as a whole has such a ghostly vibe to it, a delicious haze.
Tip-top of our osmosis list is the first quiver of tunes from Brigid Dawson and her newly minted Mothers Network: wise warnings dyed in dark hues, knotted and hard-won torch songs from the edge of a turbulent sea, bittersweet balladry spun in defence against evils familiar and unknown. Lovely though it may seem from a distance, the striation of loss quick-silvered throughout provides weighty balance to her contralto lilt.
Dinked Edition No 51
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Those familiar with her harmonic counterpoint from her time in Thee Oh Sees or in OCS, know she can belt out a tune as well as lullaby but there’s a fresh and smolderingly heavy swing in her step on display here that we mightily dig. Ballet of Apes tapestries together sessions that read like a who’s who from outside our own castle walls - in Australia with Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring), in San Francisco with Mike Donovan (ex Sic Alps), Shayde Sartin (ex Fresh & Onlys/lifetime ringer) and Mike Shoun (ex Oh Sees/Peacers), and in Brooklyn with instrumental heavy-weights Sunwatchers - and the results are spellbinding.
At the focal point of this maelstrom, our lady, as if illumed by candlelight, intones, pleads, consoles - white magic perhaps but it carries with it the anodized tang of blood. This is thrillingly potent stuff.
1. Is The Time for New Incarnations
2. The Fool
3. Carletta’s In Hats Again
4. When My Day of the Crone Comes
5. Ballet of Apes
6. Heartbreak Jazz
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