This 7” is one of the more interesting releases I’ve come across in the last year. Dragon Turtle is a collaboration between musicians Brian Lightbody and Tom Asselin, playing synth-y, ambient shoegaze. Dragon Turtle provided backing music for some of spoken word artist Eric de Jesus’s live readings, and this record presents studio recorded versions of two of those live collaborations. The music Dragon Turtle creates serves as a great backdrop for de Jesus’s spoken word musings, particularly on “The Leaves on the Trees Were Green with Youth,” which has great lines such as “The air was dusty, it felt like humidity and unemployment.” My only complaint with this is that I wish de Jesus’ voice was a bit more prominent in the mix, and not quite as muddy and hidden in the middle of the music. That said, if you’re looking for something with a different vibe from the usual, do yourself a favor and check this out.
–Paul J. Comeau (La Société Expéditionnaire, la-soc.com)