If, like me, you come to `The For Carnation' through the Slint connection, you will find plenty of similarities with the legendary `Spiderland'. There are six tracks over about 40 minutes; one unorthodox instrumental; songs with no conventional structure and Brian McMahan delivering half-spoken narrative-style vocals.
However, the musical style on `The For Carnation' is far more restrained. The tracks are all driven by languid, rolling basslines with minimal percussion, augmented by string flourishes and bursts of distorted guitars and odd noises.
This is slow, carefully crafted music but wonderfully atmospheric and dark. The instrumental `Being Held' is a particular gem, being built upon a persistently ringing bell over which are layered low mechanical rumbles and bursts of tight percussion. The whole effect is tense and conveys a real sense of alarm.
It's a great record which rewards repeated listens but the one downside is its lack of variety. All the tracks are very similar and I find my interesting waning slightly towards the end. Still, great for late nights and comes recommended.