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Aidan Baker

Songs Of Flowers & Skin

Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records

Format: CD

Genre: Rock

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Doomgaze. Is that a thing? In ancient times "Songs Of Flowers & Skin" might have done time on 4AD, Creation, or even Sarah. Except of course, for the slender demonic tail woven into the melodies, which would have left a smoldering pile of pointy shoes in its wake. Though the tracks here are not metal, there is no lacking of heavy. The songs (yes, songs) simmer to a point just below explosion. Aidan chooses to excavate with atmosphere in lieu of caterwauling electricity, filling the spaces with dark, droning continuos that hang in the air like post-riot tear gas. His cavernous crooning floats just above the oddly addictive slow riffs. This bloody valentine is a beastly beauty that mitigates icy experimentalism with glowing compositions including additions of violin and trumpet that go down just like honey. Meant to be played very, very loud.
Details
Cat. number: mt165
Year: 2012
Notes:

Edition of 400 hand-numbered copies. Comes in a gatefold digifile with insert.

Recorded April/May 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Hidden, live track recorded June 02 2002 in Toronto