david cronenberg's wife Don't Wait to Be Hunted to Hide (CD, £7.75)label: Blang
David Cronenberg's Wife continue their psychotic post-punk explorations of the dark side of humanity. “If Nick Cave isn’t unpleasant enough for you, this is treasure”. (TimeOut). David Cronenberg’s Wife are set to return after two years with their most controversial and compelling album to date. Emerging from London’s anti-folk scene, they released their debut ‘Bluebeard’s Rooms’ in 2008 followed by Hypnagogues in 2009. Both albums showed a band unafraid of exploring the dark side - both musically and lyrically - gaining them respect and critical acclaim, with Time Out aptly declaring of their debut: “If Nick Cave isn’t unpleasant enough for you, this is an album to treasure”. Their forthcoming third album, ‘Don’t Wait to Hunted to Hide’, will challenge even their biggest fans confronting head-on as it does the subject of (often male) evil and warped sexuality. The songs take the structure of sneering, sardonic and sinister monologues. Made even more claustrophobic by the stalkerish bass underpinning most tracks and the building, ominous wall-of-sound twanged guitars, present on the album’s opener “Pain Ahead”. Or more perplexingly by tracks such as “The Man at the Back of the Woods” with its superficial pop muddied by an undercurrent of creeping darkness. In its wide open exploration of the nature of evil ‘Don’t Wait to be Hunted to Hide’ may lyrically shock some, but music, like all art, should challenge and push boundaries. Tracklisting: 1. Pain Ahead, 2. Spiked, 3. Such a Sweet Boy, 4. The Man at the Back of the Woods, 5.Love is a Headless Dog, 6. You Should’ve Coriolanus in the Bedroom, 7. Body to Sleep With, 8. The Pied Piper of Maidenhead 9. For Laura Kingsman, 10. Lonelyman, 11. Man. Total running time 45mins:27sec.
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