A collaboration between cellist Jasmine Pender and Swell Maps’ Jowe Head, this debut is a mix of drone and dark European folk. The instrumentation is kept sparse and brooding, with “Memento” coming closest to a standard “rock” structure yet still counterbalanced by nihilistic lyrics like, “Your songs will sound good when you’re dead/ your words will ring true when you’re dead/ the girls will love you when you’re dead/ everyone wants to be you when you’re dead.” If Dead Can Dance were more interested in murder ballads and the Velvet Underground than saltarellos and sacred hymns, they’d probably lean a bit more in this direction. Good stuff throughout. –Jimmy Alvarado (Emotional Response, emotionalresponserecords.com)