Saturday, 29 October 2011
Review: Dead Voices On Air
Dead Voices On Air – Michael And The Angels Fought (Lens Records)
Dead Voices on Air is the pseudonym used by Mark Spybey. In the past 20 years he has collaborated with many artists including members of Faust, Can, Throbbing Gristle and Swans. “Michael and the Angels Fought” is his 15th release under the Dead Voices On Air moniker.
Spybey sees himself as a non-musician and is known for his primitive approach to music making, where his early works were improvisations using his collection of instruments and toys. Here the five pieces (some are sub-sectioned by silences) are more studio-focused and are edited heavily. This approach allows Spybey and his host of multi-continental collaborators to segue from ramshackle spiritualism to strung out ambience seamlessly and blend European tradition and passionate vocals with spectral distortion and “Pulse” even features some impressive throat singing.
The sonic moods created are always otherworldly but can be uplifting and exquisite, ghostly or ghastly, dense, dark, or even horrific.