Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Eyeless in Gaza - Drumming the Beating Heart / Pale Hands I Loved So Well (1982)

The 1996 CD release of these two early Eyeless in Gaza albums is composed of fey and ethereal ambient synth nocturnes accentuated by Martyn Bates' eerily intense vocals. It's music you might stumble across in an opium den on a far distant planet. It also has some heavy spiritual vibes going on, "Sheer Cliffs" could be the soundtrack to a ritual of some sort and "Transcience Blues" is like a musical séance. "Blue Distance" is just bubbling with grave ascendancy like a flickering candle in an otherwise dark room. Although a lot of the album is ambient, a few songs here and there are heavier making for a good balance. Drumming the Beating Heart / Pale Hands I Loved so Well is Eyeless in Gaza at their most atmospheric and haunting and contains some of their best work. Although very minimal (and obviously home made by someone who was really stoned at the time), I'm particularly fond of the video below. Despite its minimalism, I find it utterly engaging, especially at later hours of the night. I hope you'll like it too.

Rating: 8.5/10

DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?cxw196i77anlyax

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