Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Legendary Pink Dots are their own genre. To call them simply 'gothic' would be insulting, because they are so much weirder than that. For over 30 years they've been creating music that transcends barriers and fuses genres in a unique and avant-garde fashion matched by none. Afro-beat, traditional Japanese, middle Eastern styles, post-punk, progressive rock, synth pop, jazz, industrial are just a few of the influences at their disposal. The Maria Dimension, which, out of their vast multitude of releases, is one of their most seamless, features experimental requiems and spectral psychedelic sonatas that suck you into a fey and alluring, multi-faceted world with abysmal depth. It often sounds like Arabian Nights on acid, a world with equal parts blackness and beauty, a world of enchantment and enigmas galore. They've crafted their own mythos and folklore that adds to their already ambiguous, astral atmosphere. My personal favorite tracks are the more analeptic ones such as "The Ocean Cried Blue Murder," "Belladonna," and "Home" (which is so comforting, it makes you feel like you're being cradled by some invisible maternal spirit), but the whole album's a trip worth taking.
Rating on high doses of psychoactive drugs: 10/10
Posted by Matt at 12:27 PM