reviewed by Erik Sedore
This coming Saturday August 12 will be the peak of this year’s Perseid meteor shower. The Earth will pass through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle, and upwards of 100 streaks of flaming space rubble will shoot through the sky every hour throughout the night. That’s a lot of wishes up for grabs, but for a lot of us, they’ll be out of sight and out of reach, obscured by the urban light polluting the sky.
“No More Light”, a pivotal song on Michael & The Slumberland Band‘s new La Di Da, laments the washing out of the sky for the sake of people with “coins for a heart.” There’s a similar sense of distance and isolation throughout the record such as “Minds Were Not Made To Be Alone”, with the songs call and response vocals circling each other like cold rogue planets around a black hole. “Under Blue Light” is the work song of a ghostly skeleton crew bobbing slowly on a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean, or the ominous paranoia of the title track.
This is a gloomy record, but the singing subtly shifts tone throughout, sometimes approaching Bowie-esque drama, a Spencer Krug like quaver, or a rumble not far off that of Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell. There’s a lot of attention to detail in the rattling, tapping percussion throughout as well.
So if you have any wishes you need making, get yourself out under some dark skies this weekend, and bring along this album to get yourself in the mood to take in the dark and lonely night.
Top Track: “Minds Were Not Made To Be Alone”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)