Review by Vital Weekly:
A trip - to Providence - is also to be found on the cassette by The Dead Mauriacs, a changing line-up troupe, but always with Olivier Prieur, here to be on found on 'wood stove, piano, audio cassettes, field recordings and audio files, computer', while his wife Helene gets credit for 'noises with metal walkway on the artificial island of Vassiviere'. Susan Matthews (a new name in the line-up) uses her voice to recite texts by H.P. Lovecraft. In the past I compared their work with that of Fennesz and Stephan Mathieu, but maybe also a bit more noisy and a bit more loosely structured. This new release is a major leap forward to something else. Maybe it's the voice of Matthews - very English - reciting these texts every now and then, but it's also her chant at the beginning of the first side, combined with the electro-acoustic noise Prieur is producing, combined with this collage like electronics, that we are reminded of the work of Nurse With Wound. Again, perhaps, more loosely structured, but then The Dead Mauriacs recorded this live in concert, but I really enjoyed this one; in fact, I could as easily go as far as to say that this is the strongest work by The Dead Mauriacs I heard so far. It's full of tension, full on drama and has great radiophonic qualities. Sometimes the collage-like aspects are very present that is seems hard to believe it's recorded live; maybe The Dead Mauriacs is simply a very good live band - it made me curious! This is an excellent release.
released August 5, 2014
The Dead Mauriacs on this recordings are:
Susan Matthews : Voice, texts written by H.P. Lovecraft.
Hélène Prieur : Noises with metal walkway on the artificial island of
Olivier Prieur : Wood stove, piano, audio cassettes, field recordings &
audio files, computer.
Recorded live, 6th of june 2014.
All sounds and pieces were developed from january to june.
Artwork and design by Jan Warnke
supported by 7 fans who also own “A visit to Providence in two parts and forty steps”
If you're looking for the sound of kindling dread and cold alienation, this is the album for you. I'm used to Deathbed Tapes' output being a sonic assault, and artists whose approach to sound is to invariably push it "into the red". This however is so much more subtler, it's gentler pace drawing-in curious listeners, enveloping them in it's all too intriguing darkness. Ben Harris