reviewed by Jack Derricourt
I will straight up go ahead and let you know that the main reasons I’m writing this review is because a gloom pop band from Winnipeg had the balls to cover Henry Purcell, England’s only claim to opera fame. I’ve always been a big fan of Hank and his lovely arias. It’s nice to know that Halloween can be used as an excuse to put together such a stellar cover.
That track comes courtesy of Ghost Twin on their new split release with Kindest Cuts, out on Dub Ditch Picnic. The four tracks are entirely covers, and the two dark synth troupes bring out the best of all the songs on offer.
Kindest Cuts laquer songs by The Screamers and Soft Cell with thick, isolated synth lines, infiltrating deep gothic tunes with even more robotic noises fit to make the masses weep eyeliner in buckets. It helps that “122 Hours of Fear” is probably the most ominous song since Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” for organ. Classical allusions abound today: “Be quiet or be killed.”
Ghost Twin bring the 80s ruckus with Thrill Kill Kult’s “These Remains,” possibly the best track name to close a Halloween record out with ever. Pulsing synth vibrations and Leonard Cohen vocals eclipse all time periods and make this cover classic.
Which leads us back to Uncle Hank’s sweet sweet song. The Ghost Twin cats lay it down like a horror pop ballad of mournful regret. The baroque surf guitar line goes a long way to bring Purcell up to speed with the twenty first century.
This is a wonderful split with inventive use of a broad range of covers. Damn I love Halloween. Can it be every month so I get to listen to such imaginative collaborations more often?
Top Track: “Oft She Visits”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)